What is a Trainee Network Lead (TNL)?
A Trainee Network Lead (TNL) is a trainee anaesthetist who acts as a go-between for their colleagues and the Association Trainee Committee.
This allows direct contact between trainees at regional level and the Trainee Committee, and helps build communication on issues, ideas and opportunities across regions.
We now have a TNL in all regions in the UK and Ireland. So far, we've gathered reports on local ideas and initiatives. We've had some excellent feedback too. Despite the pressures on training there's a formidable amount of hard work going on at local level by motivated groups of trainees and trainers, and we hope this scheme can evolve to keep supporting this energy and enthusiasm within our specialty.
The role of a TNL
We expect a TNL to be an enthusiastic trainee at any stage of training, keen to be actively involved and quick to respond to queries from the committee.
The post is held for a minimum of 12 months and includes a number of responsibilities great for improving personal and professional development in areas such as leadership and management.
Holding this role will also make for engaging discussion at ARCP. Several past TNLs have also become democratically elected members of the Trainee Committee.
Formal TNL responsibilities include:
- Helping to raise the profile and encourage membership of the Association and Trainee Committee by ensuring local trainees are aware of the services and support available to them
- Sharing information from the Trainee Committee and the Association, including regular e-newsletters and 'hot' or political topics of note
- Advertising and encouraging trainee attendance and participation at the annual Trainee Conference
- Discussing via email, local forums or regional trainee groups any issues that arise within your region, and feedback concerns to the Trainee Committee for consideration and action at a national level
- Keeping the Trainee Committee informed of local ideas, progress and examples of excellence that are to be recognised and might be of benefit to trainees elsewhere in the UK and Ireland
- Aiming to attend the annual Trainee Conference and the Link Conference, where TNL meetings are held to meet the Trainee Committee and to allow networking and discussion to occur
- Completing and returning an annual feedback and information form
- Ensuring the role of TNL is self-sustaining by establishing the next regional TNL prior to stepping down
The rewards of becoming a TNL
The Trainee Committee doesn't have specific funding for the TNL scheme and for the work performed by the TNLs. But the Trainee Committee hugely appreciates the work undertaken by TNLs and we usually arrange a complimentary dinner invite at the Trainee Conference.
We also send a formal letter on behalf of the Association and the Trainee Committee annually which can be used as portfolio evidence. In addition you may also be given the opportunity to attend meetings on behalf of the Trainee Committee and to be involved in Association/Trainee Committee-related initiatives such as working parties, audit and research.
We'd love to hear from you if you're interested in becoming a TNL, please download and complete a proposal form.
Contact your TNL
To find out if your university or hospital has a TNL, check the map below. If your region doesn't have a TNL and you'd like to help us establish one, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome any enquiries or suggestions. Individual regions decide how they identify their TNL, whether that be by ballot, volunteer or by nomination. Some larger regions have more than one TNL to help cover the whole area.