Wessex IMGs – Induction Programme (for doctors new to the NHS)

This interactive induction programme is mandatory for Wessex International Medical Graduate (IMG) doctors in postgraduate training, to help them to integrate into the NHS. Thames Valley IMG doctors in postgraduate training and Wessex/Thames Valley IMG non-training (Trust grade) doctors are also welcome to attend if they wish.

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Delivery: Virtual
  • Methods: Presentations from a range of speakers, whole group discussions and video clips
  • Pre-event preparation: Essential – delegates must print their handouts ready for use in the communication session. 
  • Post-event work: None

Please click the links below for more information about this induction:

Who can attend

– Wessex/Thames Valley Training grade doctors (FY1+)
– Wessex/Thames Valley SAS/Trust grade doctors

Aims and learning outcomes

– Help doctors communicate more effectively
– Ensure understanding of the GMC rules and regulations
– Help with the understanding of clinical governance, revalidation, audit, quality improvement and patient safety concepts
– Raise awareness of differential attainment and interventions to close the gap
– Learn about Cultural difference and the importance of personal resilience
– Ensure understanding of the NHS employment rules and regulations including indemnity
– Ensure understanding of the expectations of training and career planning and support
– Support networks

Associated GMC Generic Professional Capabilities (GPC)

Domain 1: Professional values and behaviours
– Managing time and resources effectively.

Domain 2: Professional Skills (Communication and interpersonal skills)
– Establishing an effective and respectful doctor-patient partnership with the ability to demonstrate empathy and compassion
– Demonstrating effective consultation skills including effective verbal and nonverbal interpersonal skills
– Sharing decision making by informing the patient, prioritising the patient’s wishes, and respecting the patient’s concerns and expectations
– Demonstrating active listening skills
– Demonstrating cultural and social awareness– Maintaining appropriate situational awareness and sensitivity to the impact of their comments and behaviours on others.
– Effectively managing challenging conversations or consultations
– Applying management and team working skills appropriately, including influencing, negotiating, continuously re-assessing priorities and effectively managing complex, dynamic situations
– Ensuring continuity and coordination of patient care through the appropriate transfer of information
– Maintaining appropriate situational awareness and sensitivity to the impact of their comments and behaviours on others.

Domain 2: Professional Skills (Dealing with complexity and uncertainty)
– Managing the personal challenges of coping with uncertainty

Domain 3 – Professional Knowledge (Professional requirements)
– Working within appropriate quality management and clinical governance frameworks

Faculty biography

Phil Rushton

After graduating from Southampton in 1997, I trained in Geriatrics in the South-West and Wessex before taking up a Consultant post in 2008 at University Hospitals Dorset. I have been Associate Dean since 2018, my current portfolio includes Fellowships, Induction, Less than Full-Time Working, Out Of Programme and Differential Attainment.  

Chloe Erlam and Ruth Hind

Ruth Hind

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. I have specialist expertise in training health professionals in enhancing their interpersonal communication. I am currently working with IAPT (Improving access to psychological therapies) trainees, their supervisors and doctors to improve their interpersonal communication by using Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP).  

Chloe Erlam

I am a chartered Educational Psychologist. I specialise in the area of interpersonal communication. Current work includes (1) teaching interpersonal communication methodology in leading universities and across the UK (2) supervising health professionals to use Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) and Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP) to reflect upon their communication with clients (3) applying a VERP approach to support Drs to reflect upon and develop their communication skills with patients.

Caran Chamberlain


Karen McCarthy


Sarah James


John Davey

I am the Regional Liaison Adviser for the GMC covering the South-West of England. In this role I speak to medical students and doctors about the GMC guidance and procedures, helping doctors avoid problems and promoting patient safety.

Stuart Purcell

I work as a Consultant Psychiatrist. I have an interest in how we live and deal with threatening experiences. I am interested in how as groups of people we can switch in and out of a compassionate, curious mind state and tip into threat behaviours full of blame, anger and avoidance. I did my medical degree and training in South Africa and then did most of my psychiatry training in the UK.

Jo Hopkins

I am the Director of Comms4Docs, providing Communication Skills and Strategies training for doctors since 2011, and the creator of the Comms4Docs App. The training is practical in nature and provides a space for individuals to practise what they really want, and need to say, to be effective at work, to be heard, and to achieve career progression.


Wessex/Thames Valley training grade doctors and Wessex SAS/Trust grade doctors are funded by HEE Wessex, so no study leave claims will be necessary for course fees.

Cancellation penalties may apply. Please refer to the HEE Accent Course Manager Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Event dates and how to book

The following event dates are available to book online:

28-29 March 2023

If you have not yet registered as a user with the HEE Accent Course Manager system, you will be required to do so before booking your place.