Internal Medicine Training - elearning for healthcare
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About the Internal Medicine Training programme

Internal Medicine Training (IMT) is the 1st stage of speciality training for physicians. The 3-year programme prepares trainees for managing acute medical admissions at a senior level, and for managing acute and chronic medical problems, in both inpatients and outpatients. This elearning programme provides learning materials to support the development of both trainees and trainers in IMT. The resource is structured into the following courses:

For trainees:

  • Managing patients in an outpatient clinic
  • Resources for evidencing Internal Medicine Training (IMT) Capabilities in Practice (CiPs)
  • Procedural skills training resources from the Mastery Skills Pathway (scot.nhs.uk)

For supervisors:

  • An introduction to Internal Medicine Training
  • How to optimise outpatient training

Managing patients in an outpatient clinic

Comprising of 3 sessions, this course supports the development of knowledge and skills for managing an outpatient clinic, an essential component of Internal Medicine Training (IMT), and relevant to others working in an outpatient environment. Over the course of IMT training trainees should be actively engaged in a minimum of eighty clinics, managing both acute and long-term conditions. To prepare for and enhance this training these sessions explore:

  • The patient pathway from primary care
  • A structured approach to an outpatient clinic appointment
  • Virtual clinics and translation services
  • Difficult consultations
  • Special circumstances

Resources for evidencing Internal Medicine Training (IMT) Capabilities in Practice (CiPs)

Some areas of the curriculum can be difficult to achieve while working in busy clinical areas. Although we recommend trainees be flexible and opportunistic, it can be challenging to provide adequate evidence of progression in all CiPs. This course provides a list of HEE elfh sessions and courses, curated by medical trainees, which trainees may find helpful in supporting their education.

Procedural skills training resources from the Mastery Skills Pathway (scot.nhs.uk)

This course provides a link to exemplar videos on lumbar puncture, central venous cannulation, ascitic procedures, intercostal drainage and other relevant skills. These videos are useful early in procedure training and as a recap. They are from the NHS Lothian Mastery Skills Pathway, an educational, quality assurance and patient safety initiative to promote high-quality training and safe, effective patient care for high-risk procedural skills.

An Introduction to Internal Medicine Training

This course is aimed at Educational Supervisors of Internal Medicine Trainees. It encompasses how to write a meaningful and effective Educational Supervisor Report (ESR), and the preparation needed to achieve this. The ESR is the key document considered by the Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP) panel when assessing a trainee’s progress. This course sets out how to prepare to write this report, from the initial meeting with the trainee, planning the training year and through to examples of good report writing.

This session covers the following areas:

  • The Educational Supervisor Report (ESR)
  • Capabilities in Practice (CiPs)
  • Evidence
  • Setting up the Training Year
  • The ARCP

How to optimise outpatient training

‘Training the trainer’ in an outpatient clinic facilitates the delivery of effective and efficient education; this is applicable within Internal Medicine Training (IMT) and for others delivering care in an outpatient environment. This session supports trainers to create an appropriate training environment, understand essential components of training, and relevant educational theory. This session encompasses aspects both before, during and after a clinic, and includes:

  • Learning objectives
  • Capabilities in Practice (CiPs)
  • Trainees’ portfolio requirements
  • Patient-centred decision making
  • Professionalism and good communication
  • Assessment of a trainee
  • Performance enhancing feedback
  • The use of educational theory

More information

The practice of medicine is changing. A growing aging population means there are more patients with multiple co-morbidities which are not necessarily linked, except because they occur more frequently with increasing age.

The Shape of Training report recognised this and required a shift in the training of doctors with a much greater emphasis on ‘generalism’. This challenge was picked up by the physicians with the development of the new Internal Medicine Training programmes. Their development has also provided an opportunity to move significantly away from the previous generation of training to one that takes a more holistic approach to the assessment of each trainee.

Clinical lead

  • Tina Mehta

    Dr Tina Mehta

    Clinical Lead, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Lead College Tutor for South West and College Tutor at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Quality assurance

  • Physician Specialty Recruitment Office

    Dr Phil Bright

    Head of School Medicine, HEE WM, Clinical Advisor, Internal Medicine Training, HEE, Clinical Lead, Physician Specialty Recruitment Office

Managing patients in an outpatient clinic author teams, session 1

  • Dr Chloe Broughton

    Session 1 author lead: Dr Chloe Broughton

    Consultant, Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. She is clinical lead for antenatal endocrinology and diabetes with a specialist interest in the use of emerging technology to manage diabetes
  • Dr Alexandria Waldron

    Dr Alexandria Waldron

    Internal Medicine Trainee – Year 1, Severn deanery
  • Dr May Ho

    Dr May Ho

    Internal Medicine Trainee – Year 2, Severn deanery
  • Dr Namritha Ramanujam

    Dr Namritha Ramanujam

    Internal Medicine Trainee – Year 3, the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Ben McKee

    Dr Ben McKee

    Internal Medicine Trainee – Year 3, Severn deanery
  • Dr Anil Gurung

    Dr Anil Gurung

    Internal Medicine Trainee – Year 2, Severn deanery

Managing patients in an outpatient clinic author team, session 2

  • Dr Rebecca Mason

    Session 2 author lead: Dr Rebecca Mason

    Respiratory Consultant and Associate Director for Medical Education (Support) at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Thuvaarahan Thanaraaj

    Dr Thuvaarahan Thanaraaj

    IMT doctor and Associate College tutor at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Jack Evans

    Dr Jack Evans

    IMT doctor and Associate College tutor at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Hannah Watson

    Dr Hannah Watson

    IMT doctor at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Aimee Leadbetter

    Dr Aimee Leadbetter

    IMT doctor and Associate College tutor at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Managing patients in an outpatient clinic author teams, session 3

  • Dr Gurjit Chohan

    Session 3 author lead: Dr Gurjit Chohan

    Consultant Neurologist at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical and Educational Supervisor to Foundation and IMT trainees
  • Dr Laura Backhouse

    Dr Laura Backhouse

    Gastroenterology ST5 in the Severn Deanery and currently working at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust as a Chief Registrar on the leadership programme
  • Dr Phil Starbuck

    Dr Phil Starbuck

    Internal Medicine Trainee – Year 2, the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Natalie Anywll

    Dr Natalie Anwyll

    Internal Medicine Trainee – Year 1, Severn Deanery, in addition to volunteering as an Associate College Tutor
  • Dr Holly Duncan

    Dr Holly Duncan

    Internal Medicine Trainee – Year 3, Severn Deanery and is currently working in the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

How to optimise outpatient training author group

  • Dr Carolyn Mackinlay

    Author lead: Dr Carolyn Mackinlay

    Consultant Respiratory Physician at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Training Programme Director for Internal Medicine Training in the Severn Deanery.
  • Dr Garazi Zubikarai

    Dr Garazi Zubikarai

    Internal Medicine Trainee – year 3 at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust having trained within the Severn Deanery and worked as a Clinical Teaching Fellow
  • Dr Hoi-Ting Wong

    Dr Hoi-Ting Wong

    Internal Medicine Trainee - year 1 at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with an interest in Cardiology/Respiratory. Previously worked in the Severn Deanery and Australia as a junior doctor
  • Dr James Pilcher

    Dr James Pilcher

    Internal Medicine Trainee – year 1 at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Completed Foundation Training and a Clinical Fellowship in Acute Medicine in the South Thames Deanery
  • Dr Hoi-Man Chau

    Dr Hoi Man Chau

    Internal Medicine Trainee – year 2 at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and currently has taken up the role of associate college tutor

Project Team

  • Tina Mehta

    Dr Tina Mehta

    Clinical Lead, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Lead College Tutor for South West and College Tutor at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • Physician Specialty Recruitment Office

    Dr Phil Bright

    Head of School Medicine, HEE WM, Clinical Advisor, Internal Medicine Training, HEE, Clinical Lead, Physician Specialty Recruitment Office
  • andi blackmore

    Andi Blackmore

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Marnie Greenrod

    Marnie Greenrod

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Wendy Lowe

    Wendy Lowe

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Rashmi Chavda

    Rashmi Chavda

    Graphic Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Louise Garrahan

    Louise Garrahan

    Communications and Stakeholder Officer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Claire Huby, Communications Programme Manager, HEE

    Claire Huby

    Communications Programme Manager, HEE

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NHS healthcare staff in England – ESR

The Internal Medicine Training programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

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