HEIW (formerly the Wales Deanery) implemented 38 new Education Contracts in August 2017 to sit alongside the 9 contracts already in existence. As a result, 47 Education Contracts are now in place across Wales, enabling junior doctors in Wales to be the first in the UK to receive ring-fenced time for learning written into their working week.
The Education Contract forms an agreement between the Trainee, the Local Education Provider (Health Board or Trust) and HEIW. The criteria and metrics for the Education Contract have been mapped against GMC approved specialty curricula and standards for medical education and training. The Education Contract details a commitment from the Local Education Provider to ensure trainees have time within their working week to access the required number of outpatient clinics, theatre sessions, teaching sessions, ward rounds and other educational opportunities needed to meet their training needs.
In order to monitor whether these training opportunities are being provided to trainees HEIW has developed ECERT (Education Contract Exceptions Reporting Tool), a bespoke system designed to provide real time monitoring data to HEIW. This real time data will enable us to liaise with the Health Boards to address and resolve any issues trainees might be experiencing in obtaining the required experience before the end of the training placement.
ECERT hosts the Education Contracts, so for trainees to sign them they will need to log in to the system, where they will be prompted to tick a box confirming that they have read the Contract and agree to it. Trainees have been sent their registration details for the system by email. The Contracts can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
Because ECERT breaks the Contract criteria into weekly averages which the trainee can confirm as attendances, or record as exceptions if the session did not take place, the system can also function as a diary for trainees. They can record additional information for sessions which were attended, log additional activities, or highlight specific problems which occurred in a given week. Such information can be useful for trainees at a later date, for example at ARCP.
If you have any queries regarding the Education Contract please email HEIW.EducationContracts@wales.nhs.uk.
Note, the following specialties do not yet have a Contract:
- ACCS: Acute Medicine, Anaesthetics, ICM
- Cardio-thoracic Surgery
- Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- GU Medicine
- Intensive Care Medicine
- Oncology (Clinical and Medical)
- Higher Psychiatry
- Plastic Surgery
- Public Health