What sort of training do we give to senior clinicians in the NHS? There is a very generous ‘study leave’ budget for doctors, but there is virtually no supervision of the events doctors attend. Sure, there is the box-ticking of whether or not a given course fulfils ‘Continuing Professional Development’ but it’s hardly a rigorous standard. Even less is any after-the-fact assessment of usefulness or how performance has improved because of attending an event. Study leave is often viewed as a ‘jolly’, evidenced by the increasingly exotic locations for events.
In future posts, I’ll describe what a managed approach to ‘study leave’ might look like.