Education and training

Infectious diseases trainees should have access to regional training opportunities or meetings, averaging 1 day per month. These training meetings could include input from other specialties that cover areas relevant to infection (eg hepatology training on viral hepatitis). In addition to regional trainee meetings, most areas will have yearly to twice-yearly meetings of local infectious diseases specialists to facilitate sharing of local experience and for continuing professional development (CPD). Within departments weekly or twice weekly educational meetings of 1–2 hours in the form of tutorials, journal clubs or external speakers are common and valuable educational resources.

There are also external opportunities in the areas of public and global health that are relevant to infectious diseases physicians. Examples include a secondment to a tertiary national centre such as one of the tropical schools, or managerial exposure to policy making in organisations such as Public Health England or the World Health Organization. Experience in outbreak management and overseas working, highlighted by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, are areas where both trainees and consultants can gain valuable experience and be useful contributors. Education and training can also be delivered by other healthcare professionals such as laboratory staff, infection control teams and specialist pharmacy and nursing colleagues.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has produced a cost of training document setting out the mandatory costs of training involved in college enrolment fees, examination costs and GMC fees. Published in October 2017, it has been compiled to help pre-specialty doctors make fully informed career selections, with a clear understanding of the mandatory costs of their future training pathway.