Welcome to the Yorkshire and Humber Trainee Forum

The influential voice for trainees:  Ensuring doctors & dentists in training in the region are fairly, equitably and transparently represented.
We aim to drive improvements in quality of education and training, well-being and support.

Exciting News! We have currently formed the Trainee Executive Forum, which is comprised of 11 members.

We are looking forward to accepting applications of interest to the Wider Trainee Forum (TF) in August 2021. 

 

WHAT ARE WE ABOUT?

The Trainee Forum provides an opportunity for all trainees in the Yorkshire and Humber region to offer feedback, share ideas for ways to improve training, and raise any concerns regarding the quality of their education and training and experience as a trainee in the region.

The Forum's purpose is to improve the trainee experience across the region for every trainee. The Forum is chaired and run by trainees in direct contact with the Postgraduate Dean. Trainee representatives in the wider forum are self-nominated or elected from within their School/Locality to represent the views of all trainees in their school and locality.

Meetings for the Trainee Executive Forum run on a monthly basis. Meetings for the Wider Trainee Forum run on a quartley basis- the first of these meetings will take place Summer 2021 and the date will be announced shortly...

Getting involved is a springboard to other exciting opportunities on other committees, as well as creating change, meeting new people, and enhancing management and leadership skills.

MEET THE TRAINEE EXECUTIVE FORUM MEMBERS

 

CALL FOR WIDER TRAINEE FORUM MEMBERS: 
We are excited to announce the launch of the Wider Forum, commencing August 2021. 

Everyone is welcome! But there are some responsibilites of the role. Please refer to the Job Description for information regarding expectations.  

Applications are on a non - competitive basis, but we are looking for enthusiastic individuals, with a passion for improving experience for trainees across the region.

Please click the hyperlinks for details on how to apply to the wider forum (Application Process), and a Description of the role (Job Description). 

 

UPCOMING VACANCIES ON THE EXECUTIVE FORUM: 
There are 2 positions available on the Trainee Executive Forum :
1. The TF Secretary and
2. The TF West Locality Lead. 

You will also represent your school/speciality for your level of training and hospital/locality.
Details of each role are described in the PDF documents at the bottom of the page along with some outline information about the forum. 

Applications for the Trainee Executive positions are open from 1st June until midnight on the 27th August.

The details of how to apply are set out in the document section - please click here to access 

Submitting your application:

  • Please email traineeforum.yh@hee.nhs.uk
  • The subject of your email should be: {firstname} {surname} {role(s) applied for}. 
  • Please state in the email if you would be willing to accept a different role to the one you have applied for. 
  • A link to the uploaded video should be included in the body of the email.
  • The mini CV should be submitted as attachments to the email.

Contact Information
If you would like to join the Trainee Forum or to add an agenda item to the next TEF meeting, please email us at: traineeforum.yh@hee.nhs.uk

Who We Are - Meet The Trainee Executive Forum Members
Annabelle Carter - Chair of the Forum  Hi I’m Annabelle. I am currently a fellow on the future leaders 12 month programme with an interest in pursuing better trainee engagement. I am a senior registrar in Paediatric Dentistry based at the Leeds Dental Institute and Bradford Community Dental Services. I spent my early years in training in Manchester and Bristol.  As chair of the trainee forum, I am keen to help shape the forum to be a place for trainees to have their voice heard, share ideas, facilitate open lines of communication between HEE and trainees: all for a positive and supportive training experience in Yorkshire.  

Alexandra Damazer - Vice Chair 

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I’m Alex and I am a current Future Leaders Programme Leadership Fellow working with the Yorkshire and Humber Foundation School (until August 2021). I am also a Paediatric ST7 and have been based in York throughout paediatric training.  

As vice-chair of the forum I am passionate about trainee wellbeing, inclusivity and flexible training (including less than full time working), and advocating for trainees across the region. My leadership project has allowed me to focus on flexible training at foundation level and I am particularly keen to ensure that trainees at all levels, including those just starting their careers, have a voice within the forum.  

Outside of work I am a very keen baker (all meetings are better with cake!) and enjoy outdoor swimming whenever possible.  

Lauren Harkin - Less Than Full Time Lead

I’m Lauren, an Acute Medicine Registrar in West Yorkshire. Originally from a wee place called Donegal in Ireland- I came to the UK in 2005 for medical school and have been training in Yorkshire since 2012. I have had two amazing children during my training and now work less than full time (LTFT). I have a special interest in medical education- especially postgraduate training and I have completed the postgraduate diploma in medical education. I am a huge advocate for simulation and human factors training.   

I joined the forum to highlight the role of HEE to trainees and to improve communication between both parties so they can work together to improve the training experience and make our region the best place to work and train. I am the LTFT lead and feel passionate about being a voice for LTFT trainees so they can offer feedback or ideas and raise concerns about their education and training.  

Outside of medicine I enjoy running, skiing, holidays, shopping and getting back to Ireland when I can.  

Lucy McCabe - Quality Lead I’m an ST5 in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, working within West Yorkshire. I have an interest in Quality Improvement and patient safety and I am the Quality Lead for the Forum. I have previously been involved with projects to improve Junior Doctor engagement and well-being at a Trust level and am passionate about ensuring that we’re able to achieve our potential within our training programmes. I joined the Trainee Forum to help establish a two-way conversation between trainees and HEE to overall improve our experience and training. 
Nick Weatherley - South Locality Lead I am a NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Specialist Registrar. I have lived and worked in Sheffield since 2003, training and working in the Yorkshire and Humber region throughout. I am the South Yorkshire locality representative on the HEE Trainee Forum Executive. I am keen to use my role on the forum to improve communication and links between HEE and trainees and in the process give trainees more of a voice in how their training is organised. 
Opeoluwa Adeniran - Equality and Diversity Lead My name is Opeoluwa A. Adeniran and I am currently a CT3 in Psychiatry, Leeds and York Partnership NHS foundation trust and based in Leeds. I have experienced a supportive and progressive training environment and it’s amazing the depth of character forged in psychiatry. I am one of two equality and diversity reps with the HEE Y&H forum and I joined this forum because I was drawn to the opportunity to know more about HEE from the “inside”, explore what HEE has to offer and be a part of a platform that helps others also do the same. 
Pete Webster - Academic Lead I am a General Surgery Registrar currently working at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.  “Yorkshire born and bred”, I have rotated through the majority of hospitals within the Yorkshire deanery during my training.  I have also completed a lab-based PhD during a formal “out of program research” period. As the Academic Lead on the Trainee Forum I am keen to address the issues that academic trainees face whilst also encouraging and promoting research within the region. 
Rammina Yassaie - Employers Lead I am a GPST2 on the Harrogate VTS Scheme having also previously worked as a Paediatric trainee in West Yorkshire. I joined the Trainee Executive Forum as the Employers Lead as I have been a longstanding advocate for improving working conditions for junior doctors. I am very familiar with the pressing issues that trainees face in their workplaces having worked as a Local Negotiating Committee BMA Representative for over a decade across various hospital trusts in Yorkshire. I am also the North Representative for the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management’s Trainee Steering Group and in turn passionately champion the improvement of leadership opportunities for doctors in training. 
Sidra Chaudhry - Equality and Diversity Lead

Hi, I’m Sidra. I’m a dual specialty General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry registrar training in South Yorkshire. As a third culture kid and an international medical graduate, I take pride in my background and am passionate about making the training experience inclusive and empowering for trainees across the Yorkshire and Humber region.  

Joining the Trainee Executive Committee as Equality and Diversity Representative has given me the wonderful opportunity to become a small building block in the bridge connecting the HEE with trainees. It has also allowed me to network with amazing trainees from other disciplines to brainstorm ways to make the training experience more fulfilling. When not working, I enjoy photography and creative writing. And this may seem strange, but I’m not a great fan of tea or coffee! 

Stuart Stokes - East Locality Lead I am a Neurosurgery Registrar at Hull University Teaching Hospitals and in the 5th year of my specialty surgical training. I am training within the Yorkshire and Humber region and currently on a Hull 2 year rotation, but have spent my foundation years and early registrar training in Sheffield. I wanted to get involved with the HEE to further improve the training throughout the region by establishing direct communication between the trainees and the HEE, in addition of the current formal pathways. 
Ashkan Eighaei Sedeh - West Locality Lead

Hello, My name is Ashkan Eighaei Sedeh and I am an F2 trainee at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS trust. 

I decided to join the trainee forum executive team as I believe no matter how great the current training program is, if the HEE is unaware of the challenges faced by its trainees and of their training needs, it cannot improve their training experience. A forum to bridge the two would be a game-changer! 

I have always been an enthusiast of improving medical education and have been an active participant in multiple groups which are involved in the management of education and training of healthcare professionals.  

During my free time, I enjoy cooking and baking with roasted lamb and mango cheesecake being my signature dishes! and I like to study the stock market when I can. 

Forum Secretary - Position Open - Applications Welcome!

 

 

Meetings (Past and Future) and Minutes
MEETING DATE Executive or Wider Forum Minutes Link
2nd March 2021 2-5pm Executive  Meeting Minutes
26th April 2021 2-5pm Executive Meeting Minutes
19th May 2021 9-12am Executive  
21st June  Executive   

 

Forum Projects & Work-in-Progress

We want to keep trainees informed about all the projects, initiatives, and behind the scenes work the forum are involved in...

Here is a list of the things we are trying to get up and running to help improve trainees experience, education, training and well-being. 

If there are any ideas or initiatives you would like us to try to work on with HEE please get in touch, or even better join the forum - we love blue sky thinking. 

  • Development of a fair and equitable study leave policy across the region 
  • Development of an education and well-being charter to ensure education and training is prioritised during the post-pandemic phase.
  • Ensuring trainee representation is present at all deanery and all regional Health Education England working groups and meetings
  • Improving communications recieved during the ARCP process
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