History - from the old to the new program
The Liverpool Network was established in 2005 with a very small workforce. Within a few years this workforce had grown, and the program started to develop fundamental elements in training that still exist today. Over the last five years, there has been a process of continuous development of new ideas and refinement of old processes to make the Network one of the strongest and most supportive programs in NSW. This has been reflected in RACP Examination pass rates in line with or above the NSW and Australian state average. In 2019, The Liverpool BPT Network topped the RACP Clinical Examination results for NSW with 94% of trainees passing the exam.
The Network has more importantly valued the importance of career progression from BPT to Advanced Training, and consistently has had all BPTs successfully find positions in the specialty of their choice. This has included trainees successfully attain training in highly competitive specialties with central statewide recruitment.
The new program has seen the development of other aspects of being a good doctor including self-care, CV development and building strong teams. In 2018, the Network hosted the Professional Development Day which sourced external facilitators to teach BPTs some of these skills. This successful event is now held annually providing an integral learning opportunity for the trainees.
The three tier team model provides greater support to basic physician trainees by providing an extra layer of supervision, reducing trainee workload, and allowing trainees to consistently attend their weekly Protected Teaching Time.