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The experience of lesbian, gay and bisexual doctors in the NHS (Report)

One might think, in this day and age when gay marriage has been legalised in England, Scotland and Wales, that homophobia and discrimination against lesbians, gay men and bisexual people was a thing of the past. If only that were the case. The experiences related in this report show us that too many of our LGB colleagues are still experiencing the NHS as a less than supportive place to work and be themselves. 

The Gold Guide (6th Edition)

This Reference Guide is for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK and is applicable to all trainees (StRs) taking up appointments in specialty (including GP) training which commenced on or after 1 August 2007. The 6th edition published on 17th February 2016 replaces all previous editions of the Gold Guide with immediate effect.


You can visit the COPMED website to download a copy of this document or click on the resource link below.

The power of research in driving change

The Diversity and Inclusion – The Power of Research in Driving Change report has been commissioned by NHS Employers, Imperial College London, enei (Employer’s Network for Equality and Inclusion) and North West Coast Academic Health Science Network.                             

The ROADS to success – a practical approach to career management for medical students, junior doctors

A collaberation from Elton, C. and Reid, J 'The Road to Success' can be a vital tool in choosing the right specialty which is a critical decision that all junior doctors face.

This is a carefully structured handbook to support both trainees and their supervisors througout the career planning process. This is a practical handbook packed with essential information, self-assessment including psychometric tests and insightful tips.

Towards an understanding of resilience and its relevance to medical training

Published in Medical Education 2012: 46: 349–356

This article explores the concept of resilience and its potential relevance to medicine. It also looks at the dimensions of resilience and its ethical importance for effective professional practice, and considers whether a focus on resilience might be useful in medical training.

Trainer Standards Update

The GMC released their implementation plan for the recognition and approval of trainers in August 2012, which requires LETBs (i.e. HENW) as Learning Organisations to formally recognise trainers in their roles as Clinical and/or Educational Supervisors.  Following the integration of the Mersey and North Western deaneries one framework for the recognition of trainers will apply across HENW to ensure that the GMC standards are fully met by the July 2016 deadline.

Trainer Standards Update Autumn 2016

Following the GMC’s July 2016 deadline for the recognition and approval of trainers, here is the Autumn 2016 Trainer Standards Update. This includes information regarding gaining and retaining recognition moving forward.

Trainer Standards Updates

On this page, you can access the Trainer Standards Updates, which offer information regarding gaining and retaining recognition.



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