Training options during the COVID-19 pandemic

The current coronavirus pandemic has affected numerous aspects of life in the UK. For many doctors, this has meant significantly increased workload. For some, it has meant disruption to training programmes, cancellation of exams and interviews, or redeployment to an unfamiliar role. As the situation has progressed, many interviews, meetings and reviews are being conducted via online video conferencing. The GMC and AoMRC have also said they are determined to ensure the longer term needs of doctors in training are not compromised. New or demanding situations mean proactive skills development is as important now as ever.

At Oxford Medical we remain committed to supporting your professional development while at the same time protecting the safety of our delegates, tutors and partners.

What training options are Oxford Medical providing?

As we move through the phases of lockdown being lifted, we offer three distinct format options to support your development for you to choose from:

  • Virtual Training Room: All courses scheduled for our Virtual Training Room are running as planned.
    • These courses provide you with an interactive group-learning experience facilitated by an appropriate tutor from our faculty via secure video conferencing software.
    • They provide you with an identical CPD accredited certificate as you would receive if you were to attend the same course at a physical location.
    • Click here to see available dates for courses on interview preparation, communication, teaching, leadership and management skills.
  • Online Courses: Availability of our full range of CPD accredited online courses continues as normal.
    • These modular courses enable you to learn whenever you want, wherever you want and at your own pace.
    • Subjects now include interview preparation, communication, teaching, leadership and management skills.
    • We also offer our online courses collated together in bundles which both save you money and broaden your learning experience.
  • In-person courses at locations across the UK have now resumed where it is safe to do so at appropriate locations.
    • We describe our plans and precautions being taken regarding these courses further down this page.
    • Click here to find your course, check available dates and book your place.

We have been able to continue delivering excellent standards of service throughout the lockdown period. This has included providing appropriate solutions for doctors whenever plans have had to change. Read our unedited reviews on TrustPilot.

So, you can book future course dates with confidence, knowing that if you are unable to attend a course due to illness, or changing rotas, or if we have to cancel your course for any reason we will continue to offer a range of alternative options. This includes a free transfer or a full refund.

What safeguards have Oxford Medical put in place?

Courses where delegates attend together in a physical location will only take place in a format which is considered both safe and acceptable and within the latest guidelines published by the UK Government. These guidelines have potential to change at short notice. So we have taken the following steps based on information currently available:

  • We have increased the number of courses which are scheduled to run in our Virtual Training Room as these are unaffected by social distancing requirements.
  • For courses at physical locations we have reduced maximum numbers and, on some occasions, changed to a larger venue.
    • This increases likelihood that the course can proceed while still respecting any physical distancing rules between delegates which are applicable at that point.
    • We will only revert to normal numbers if guidance makes it clear that this would be acceptable.
  • As a contingency plan, if we are unable to effectively, safely and ethically deliver the course at the intended venue then we will change to a suitable local alternative or deliver the course in our Virtual Training Room on the same date.
    • We always endeavour to give as much advance notice of changes in plans for running any courses as we can.

What if my course gets cancelled?

As mentioned above, our intention is to replace any course which we are unable to deliver at a physical venue with an equivalent version run in our Virtual Training Room. This interactive format provides a group-learning experience facilitated by a tutor via secure video conferencing software. We cover the same subject matter and the course has the same accreditation. You would therefore receive a CPD certificate of attendance which is identical to the one awarded for a course taking place in London, Birmingham, Manchester or any other city. This has proven to be a well-received solution by the majority of doctors whose arrangements have been changed in this way.

If, for any reason, you believe this is not a viable substitution for you then you will be advised of your options which will range from transfer to a date later in the year, partial refund with access to a relevant online course through to full refund.

When will you update your advice?

We will continue to update the information on this statement page as and when there is any change in the advice issued by the UK Government.

Stephen McGuire – Managing Director