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Faculty of Medical and Dental Education

The Trust provides a comprehensive induction programme for all new trainee doctors which incorporates all the requisite mandatory, professional and educational information they need to commence their new roles.

Please see student information for information on dental education.

Junior doctors on their rounds


Richard Dodds Director of Medical Education & Development
Helen Allott/Rogan Corbridge Clinical Tutors, Foundation Programme and Supporting Trainees in Difficulty
Teresa Harvey Medical Education & Development Manager
Sue Matthews Medical Education Team Leader
Debbie Jarnak Medical Education Administrator
Tracey Wicks Medical Education Administrator
Karen Daniels Medical Education Administrator
Cilla Godfrey Medical Education Administrator


Foundation and specialty training grade doctors

A weekly teaching programme for foundation and specialist training grade doctors is managed by the Faculty of Medical & Dental Education. The programme is carefully mapped to the Royal College curriculums to satisfy the generic, occupational and professional competences and standards required by the Royal Colleges and the Postgraduate Medical Education & Training Board (PMETB).

The foundation programme assessments are managed in liaison with the Oxford Deanery, NESC (National Health Service South Central) and the Royal Colleges to ensure that:

  • all doctors are competent and able to receive their GMC certificates at the end of Foundation Year 1 
  • Foundation Year 2 doctors have the requisite number of assessments within their portfolios to apply for a specialty training post.

Virtual and IT Resource Centre (VTR)

The Trust is fortunate in receiving considerable financial support from NESC to provide this facility to support specialty training grade doctors.  Virtual - because doctors can access online learning software. This contributes to their education and development and also enables them access to revision papers for their exams at no cost to themselves.  The quiet congenial Resource Centre provides a quiet space for the doctors to either work on their e-portfolios or to complete a software learning programme with the support of the Faculty.

The Trust is committed to supporting and enhancing postgraduate education in accordance with an individual doctor's training needs.  Included within the scope of study leave is studying (including course attendance and private study prior to an exam), research, teaching, examining or sitting examinations, visiting clinics, attending conferences and professional society meetings.

The Faculty of Medical Education manages two separate schemes of study leave as follows:

  • The Oxford Deanery supports trainee doctors during the time they work for the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and provides funding for the Training Grade Scheme.
  • The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust supports its own career grade doctors employed by the Trust and supplies funding for the career grade scheme.

GP Education

Vocational Training Scheme (VTS)

This scheme provides training that equips the General Practitioners (GPs) of tomorrow with the skills to provide excellent care for their patients in an ever-changing climate and allows them to become life-long learners who can enjoy a fulfilling career.

The Faculty of Medical Education provides administrative support to the programme directors of the scheme in Reading, including the provision of a weekly educational programme and assistance with the overall co-ordination of the scheme.

Vocational Training for General Practice at Reading is well established and provides a sound base for future development. For any scheme to be successful, it demands from all those involved in learning and teaching, hard work, motivation and enthusiasm and we are confident we have these resources here.

For further details please go to http://www.readingvts.org/

Useful Contacts

Trust Education Centre
Royal Berkshire 
NHS Foundation Trust
London Road

0118 322 7842


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