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Top Tips

Out of Hours
Don't leave it too long to get on with the out of hours and use a few night shifts to get hours under your belt. Try to sort out who will help you do OOH quite early on as it has taken a few months for some people and it is essential OOH is spaced out over the course of the year.

E-Portfolio
The AiT magazine is really useful and easy to read (for those who like myself had a pile of them in the corner gathering dust). Good exam preparation and to fill difficult to complete curriculum areas.
Make sure to have e-portfolio open on your desktop at work as it is really easy to mean to put in entries later on and then forget the event or the details.

Keep an A4 sheet in your drawer and at the end of each surgery write down anything that didn't go well, either personally with a patient or a topic you weren't sure on. Then you can read up on it or discuss it at your tutorial and then put it on your e-portfolio.

Keeping on top of you e-portfolio by making entries as you do them and leaving them un-shared to pad out / reflect on when you have more time. Try and keep putting entries on the e-portfolio learning log each week so that it doesn't become a daunting job near to the reviews/ARCP (learnt from bitter experience!).

To help fill out your e-portfolio if you have no time - add tutorials/lectures etc just as headings and save them, when you have time go back to them and beef them out. That way you won't have trouble thinking about what you have done. Keep your e-portfolio entries focused on ones which you will personally find useful to reflect on - it can easily waste your time if you just try to fill up your learning log simply to tick boxes and you will never look back at those entries!

Mileage Claims/ Home Visits
Be careful where you sit down in patients' houses and if you have doubts don't accept food!
Write down all the postcodes of your home visits in your diary, so you can easily calculate miles on www.streetmap.com and formulate your miles claim every few months.

To reclaim mileage contact Richard Giles at Richard.giles@nhs.net. You can only claim on days that you have done a house visit/driven between practices and can only claim up to 10 miles each way but if you commute a lot it helps! Try to update forms and get them in every month/two to get the most out of it!

Admin/Results
Develop a system for keeping on top of admin, follow ups, blood test requests and referrals - I was told early on that the worst thing you can do as a Registrar is to forget to refer a patient. Try keeping a paper log for this.

Your Educational Supervisor
Organise your ES - set out a weekly tutorial timetable to incorporate all your learning needs - ensures you address them, and tutorials are constructive and don't get forgotten.

Other Team Members
Get the receptionists and secretaries on side - it makes your life much easier - they always welcome an offer of a cup of tea or coffee.

CV
Consider updating your CV early on, so you can add to it through the year. All you will need to do is fine tune it when it is time to start applying for jobs.

Study Leave
Make the most of your study leave allowance. Again, be organised and book it in advance- it's worth it!

Computer
Keep a useful list of websites as favourites on your desktop (e.g.. derm.net, gp notebook, cks, dvla and flying guidance).

ST3 Practice Visits
All our ST1 and ST2 trainees are required to visit their educational supervisor in general practice for 10 sessions a year. Trainees use  study leave to come out of their placement to spend sessions in their ST3 practice. Here they will do a variety of things-mostly observation but may see patients under close supervision. Trainees do not need to be on the performers list for these visits.

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