There is a strong local network of trainers on the scheme who are very encouraging and supportive for all trainees. As noted above there is also the ITP (integrated training post) in education on the scheme which allows further experience in medical education and ST3s are encouraged to teach a cohort of medical students. Some of our posts are split 3months:3months in order to increase the exposure to as many specialties as possible.
The Christmas party is a well-attended social event with various activities such as guided tours of historical medical sites and museums, and a meal together. The annual graduation dinner is also another opportunity for combining work and social activity. There is also a scheme newsletter called The Murmur which contains useful clinical content, job specific information, favourite recipes, restaurant reviews, AKT MCQs, history of medicine and biographies of trainees on the scheme.