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Chair: Prof Aine Burns

The Training and Education committee’s aims are:

  • Review of educational meetings for RA approval and inclusion in eNews.
  • Review criteria for CPD with Royal Colleges
  • Review of educational material for training and CPD for RA approval
  • Review of content and evaluations of RA Advanced Nephrology course
  • Develop annual CPD sessions for annual RA meeting
  • Identification of educational gaps in courses currently available
  • Training issues – curriculum, assessment
  • Ensure that education is available – courses, e-learning etc are appropriate for current and changing nephrology workforce
  • Ensure that renal education and training are available for non-clinical renal scientists
  • Review renal teaching to undergraduate medical students

Professor Aine Burns was elected as chair of the Education and Training board in 2017. The tenure of this post is 3 years.​ She is a consultant nephrologist at Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust in London and Director of post-graduate medical education there.

Her main remit is to work with the executive to ensure all aspects of Education and training relating to nephrology in the UK are current and relevant and to represent the views of the renal community at various forums where education and training policy is developed.

In particular the role involves:

  • Recruitment and manpower planning in the specialty
  • Curriculum development (making training fit for purpose)
  • Optimizing curriculum delivery including advising members on approved courses and other training material
  • Exit examinations and other measures of quality
  • Softer factors e.g quality of working lives that influence the effectiveness of training
  • Liaising with and listening to all relevant parties to ensure diverse voices are heard and heeded in order to optimise training