Learning and Development

The Trust has an extremely active and nationally recognised Medical Education unit, headed by Dr V Sankara Raman, FHEA, FRCP.  The on-site teaching centre boasts a state-of-the-art Simulation Suite, which was opened in 2014, and an active Medical Centre, which is funded by Warwick Medical School and Health Education West Midlands. The Trust also has a Clinical Skills Lab which is accessed by medical and nursing staff, and an active and regular Junior Doctors Forum.

Some of the Trust's key achievements include:

  • Ranked in the top ten nationally by the GMC survey amongst ALL Trusts in the country by trainee doctors
  • 2nd nationally for workload
  • 5th nationally for access to educational resources
  • 7th nationally for overall satisfaction
  • Commended in Keogh Review in 2013
  • CQC Inspection in 2014 commended education as 'area of good practice'
  • Deanery Inspection for Surgery in 2014 commented on a 'transformational change in culture' in education at the Trust
  • Students at the Medical School have highlighted that they consider George Eliot to be the best centre for teaching among all four neighbouring hospitals
  • A team from the George Eliot won the prize for presentation on the best innovation in teaching at Medical School Conference in September 2014

At the Deanery inspection in April 2015 100% of trainees indicated that they would be happy to bring their friends and family here for treatment.

The safety and personal development of Trust staff sits at the heart of everything that Learning and Development provide. Our Corporate Induction programme ensures that staff are fully trained to step into their new role from the moment their induction finishes.  Weekly statutory and mandatory  update days are offered along with personal development courses covering¬† leadership and management skills , training and presentation skills, delivering appraisals, and handling difficult conversations.  Staff also have access to courses offered by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) levels 2, 3 and 5.

The growing  range of courses on offer utilises  both our own skilled subject matter experts and external training supplies such as NHS Elect, The Leadership Academy, and Health Education West Midlands.  We also work closely with other NHS organisations  to share training opportunities

Staff participate in yearly appraisals  with their managers and annual learning needs analyses are completed by every department. These ensure that staff are fully supported to work to the best of their ability in supporting  Trust objectives.  Annual appraisals also give staff an opportunity to discuss funding and time off for study leave and  to explore Continuing Professional Development opportunities.

Learning and development are based in the George Eliot Training and Education Centre (GETEC) which houses a full suite of fully flexible seminar rooms, a lecture theatre and a clinical skills corridor  including a simulation suite, resuscitation room, mock ward, mock  doctor's office, and a clinical skills room.