We would really like to encourage medical students and junior doctors to consider training in paediatric neurology. It is a rewarding and fascinating speciality! We have produced information for you according to where you are in your training:
 
 
The College Specialty Advisory Committee (CSAC) for training in paediatric neurology has been advised by the GMC/RCPCH that there are now quite tight rules to gain accreditation. Although it is now no longer possible to obtain a CCST in paediatric neurology other than by training through the paediatric neurology nation grid, and it is not possible for trainees to obtain dual accreditation in, for example, paediatric neurology and neurodisability, we have identified other routes.
 
Firstly, candidates have been appointed to the grid after ST6, but equivalent pre-grid training would need to have been in post(s) that have been prospectively assessed as grid equivalent by the CSAC.
 
Secondly, it is possible to apply to the GMC for a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) with training that has been completed outside of the grid (our present understanding is that at least some of this would need to have been outside of the UK).
www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/abouteligibility.asp
 
Both of the above routes involve a different type of recognition and early discussion with the National Training Advisor is recommended.
 
The following information includes links to various useful sites. If you discover any other potentially useful articles or sites, please email the National Training Advisor (currently Dr Alasdair Parker).
 
Applying to the Paediatric Neurology National Grid

Document written by the National Training Advisor on Applying to the National Training Grid 
 
RCPCH 2012 grid application guide (pdf document)
 
Monitoring Training Progress
 
British paediatric neurologists benefit from an excellent network across the UK, managed by the BPNA.  There is a deanery lead in every region who keeps an eye on both the quality of the training programme as well as helping individual trainees progress optimally.  More recently, we have developed yearly progress meetings for all grid trainees with CSAC representatives.These meetings have been very warmly welcomed by trainees as neurology is a very broad subject and it has been helpful to clarify e-learning aims as well as celebrate achievements.
 
Mentoring
 
We have recently introduced a voluntary mentoring process which is available to trainees in their last year of training.  We aim to help them launch confidently into their consultant career.
 
 
Competencies: The RCPCH has developed a pan-paediatric 'pyramid' of competencies appropriate to various stages of training.
 
Penultimate Year Assessments (PYA): The rationale for a PYA process is set out in a background document. In practice the BPNA/Neurology CSAC of the College organises an annual centralised process in London usually in late spring. Trainees will be contacted in the appropriate year and are typically asked to attend for a 45 minute interview with the National Training Adviser and two paediatric neurologists. This is not to be seen as something to be dreaded! Trainees generally find it a positive and valuable opportunity to reflect on training to date, raise any issues they may hve with their training, ensure they're on course to complete training by their CCST date and proactively plan their remaining training needs.
 
ST7 Assessment: The START Steering Group has announced that the GMC have now formally approved START (formerly STVa). This means that the assessment is now a mandatory aspect of level 3 training and trainees seeking entrance onto the Specialist Register by means of the award of CCT/CESR (CP) must undertake the assessment as part of their training.
 
Doctors who have trained outside the EU
Doctors who wish to practice as Paediatric Neurologists in the UK but who have not completed a General Medical Council (GMC) approved programme (for example because they trained outside the EU) may apply to the GMC for entry onto the Specialist Register with a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) through the specialty equivalence route. Details of what is required can be found at www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/abouteligibility.asp