PSU Pandemic Podcasts

Episode 9 - Teleclinics in secondary care: How do we supervise trainees?



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Released On: 3 September 2020        Planning & Production Credits: Victoria Twigg (Lead), Sarah Siddiqui, Jane Gardner-Florence



The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the NHS embrace the use of tele-medicine as a way to continue to provide high-quality patient care whilst maintaining social distancing. As we enter the recovery phase it is likely to continue to be used as the key modality for conducting outpatient work. In addition to the benefits of infection prevention, telemedicine has a host of other advantages for patients and the health service but does bring challenges to the clinician and, in particular, to supervision and the trainee-trainer relationship. In this Pandemic Podcast, we are in conversation with clinicians and trainers Jo Szram and Indranil Chakravorty discussing the key issues and trainee Vicky Twigg, reflecting on the benefits of telemedicine, how to conduct teleclinics and common pitfalls and best practice in using teleclinics as a training modality.



Oluseyi Adesalu is a differential attainment fellow in the London & KSS Professional Support Unit. Having completed the academic foundation programme, she will be commencing specialty training in clinical radiology in September. 

Victoria Twigg is a higher surgical trainee in ENT in North London undertaking a fellowship at HEE looking at early-years surgical education across the region. She has an interest in leadership and management across the healthcare sector, with a focus on workforce policy. 

Jo Szram is a consultant respiratory physician at the Royal Brompton Hospital, a deputy postgraduate dean in London, chair of NACT UK and sits on the Councils of the Royal College of Physicians and the RSM Patient Safety Section Council.

Indranil Chakravorty is director of medical education and a consultant acute physician at St George's Hospital in South London. He has run projects in South London on telehealth monitoring of patients with chronic disease. He is an ex-deputy dean for Health Education England and has a passion for technology enhanced learning.

Andrew Viggars is an ST4 specialty registrar in clinical oncology working in the Yorkshire and Humber deanery. He has recently taken up post as a clinical leadership fellow in acute oncology. 

Nadeev Wijesuriya is a cardiology trainee working in the North West London deanery, sub-specialising in electrophysiology and devices. His academic interests are in the interventional treatment of atrial fibrillation. 


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