Table 3

Summary of subthemes for ‘in your experience or clinical practice what factors would you consider as facilitators to implementation of the dermatology curriculum’

SubthemesNumber of commentsQuotes (examples)
Clinical teachers/ staffing4
  • If we had more people with time to teach, we would just need more time with the students

  • We have a teaching fellow, changes each academic year - for us this is a registrar who helps with course development and delivery, in return the trust funds a PGCE or equivalent. They do the PGCE in their own time and have no actual time allocated to their role but it is still a great help and popular with registrars to date

  • Staffing issues

  • Teaching fellow

Curriculum/ medical school6
  • Being on good terms with colleagues at other trusts in the same medical school

  • Development of awareness around importance of learning Dermatology, as its often considered as not so important specialty, despite of skin being the largest organ of the body

  • Flexibility in the timetable to facilitate thread of dermatology throughout undergraduate education from clinical skills through to final year

  • National lesson plans for example, updated eLectures, CBD, etc mapped to realistic set of curriculum requirements

  • Medical school agreeing to find time in student time table for dermatology

  • Adequate administrative support

  • Recognition for teaching

  • The biggest factor is recognition by the NHS of the importance of teaching in delivering current and future care. It is the first role/activity to be dropped by management and colleagues when workforce shortages occur, yet it is the biggest driver for our future workforce to join the dermatology faculty of clinicians

UG lead2
  • Regular meetings of module leads with the med school dermatology lead as already happens at our medical school.

  • Increased support and time in my job plan and SIFT funding

  • CBD, case-based discussion; NHS, National Health Service; PGCE, Post Graduate Certificate in Education; SIFT, Service increment for training; UG, undergraduate.