Location & trusts

London offers the greatest diversity of opportunity, and the capital has the widest range of patients, disease and innovative clinical practice, in addition to dedicated trainers.

The London school of medicine and medical specialties supports some of the best training in the UK. Trainees will gain experience in world-class research and clinical institutions, including:

Training is widely recognised as a core activity in London's LETBs, and we have excellent relationships with the NHS and the universities.

Internal Medicine Training (IMT)

In response to the recommendations set out in the Shape of Training Report, the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) developed a model for future physician training. The Internal Medicine (IM) stage 1 curriculum was approved by the GMC in December 2017 and replaces Core Medical Training (CMT) from August 2019. The IM stage 1 programme will comprise the first three years post-foundation training, during which there will be increasing responsibility for the acute medical take and the MRCP(UK) Diploma will be achieved. It will include mandatory training in geriatric medicine, critical care, outpatients and ambulatory care. 

At the end of Stage 1 IMT Year 3 will be followed by competitive entry into specialty plus internal medicine dual training (Group 1 Specialities and training pathway – dual CCT).

Model for physician training - group 1 specialties (dual CCT)

A number of specialities will continue to deliver non-acute, primarily outpatient-based services (Group 2 specialty and training pathway – single CCT).  These will recruit to ST3 from IMT year 2.

Model for physician training - group 2 specialties (single CCT)

Table of specialties

The programme

Although London is a large metropolitan area, generally trainees will have training within one sector of four sectors, South West, South East, North West or North East and Central. All rotations will give exposure both to district general hospitals and to teaching hospitals.

Rotations vary with either four- or six-month attachments to a wide variety of specialties, such as cardiology, dermatology, neurology, acute medicine, infectious diseases, tropical medicine and other unique specialties.

Rotations at time of recruitment will be mapped for the first two years. You will be able to preference programmes available with the breakdown of all specialities included. All posts and rotations are subject to change; whilst this is not envisaged currently any changes after the allocation stage will be urgently conveyed to candidates.

Posts for the 3rd Year of IMT are currently being scoped. Regular updates will occur, and It is envisaged that post information will be available for those following the Group 1 training pathway in IMT Year 3 by July 2020 for posts which will commence August 2021.

Programme features

In addition to a regular curriculum mapped teaching programme, the school of medicine supports its trainees through clinical training days, offering tuition in academic and teaching skills and each sector provides high fidelity simulation training and procedural skills training for all IMT trainees. Sectors also provide PACES and clinical skills courses. London has a consistently high MRCP pass and completion rate.

Life in London

Steeped in history, buzzing with energy and constantly leading the field in everything from its cuisine to its cutting edge fashions, there really is no place more diverse or exciting to live in the UK than London.

Location & trusts

Kent, Surrey and Sussex have diverse populations, offering a wide range of experience, in a variety of regional acute trusts. In both larger, city based hospitals and smaller, more rural placements, which will equip you well for life as a medical registrar. We have a teaching hospital in Brighton, The Royal Sussex County and our Trusts in Kent and Surrey have links to their local universities.  For a link to a map of the region and detailed information on opportunities available at each of our Trusts, please click here.

Internal Medicine Training (IMT)

In response to the recommendations set out in the Shape of Training Report, the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) developed a model for future physician training. The Internal Medicine (IM) stage 1 curriculum was approved by the GMC in December 2017 and replaces Core Medical Training (CMT) from August 2019. The IM stage 1 programme will comprise the first three years post-foundation training, during which there will be increasing responsibility for the acute medical take and the MRCP(UK) Diploma will be achieved. It will include mandatory training in geriatric medicine, critical care, outpatients and ambulatory care. 

At the end of Stage 1 IMT Year 3 will be followed by competitive entry into specialty plus internal medicine dual training (Group 1 Specialities and training pathway – dual CCT).

Model for physician training - group 1 specialties (dual CCT)

A number of specialities will continue to deliver non-acute, primarily outpatient-based services (Group 2 specialty and training pathway – single CCT).  These will recruit to ST3 from IMT year 2.

Model for physician training - group 2 specialties (single CCT)

Table of specialties

The programme

Internal Medicine Training in the Health Education Kent, Surrey & Sussex (KSS) School of Medicine will offer exciting programmes, that will prepare for a wide range of higher medical training choices.

Trainees are based in one trust for two years, undertaking four or six month rotations.

Rotations at time of recruitment will be mapped for the first two years. You will be able to preference programmes available with the breakdown of all specialities included. All posts and rotations are subject to change; whilst this is not envisaged currently any changes after the allocation stage will be urgently conveyed to candidates.

Posts for the 3rd Year of IMT are currently being scoped.  Regular updates will occur, and It is envisaged that post information will be available for those following the Group 1 training pathway in IMT Year 3 by July 2020 for posts which will commence August 2021. These will be two 6-month posts and will include the chosen future specialty of the trainee.

Programme features

There are local weekly IMT teaching sessions at all HEKSS Trusts. In addition all trainees are able to attend 7 regional training days at other Trusts throughout the year, which cover the entire curriculum using case-based discussion and cover non-clinical skills such as teaching, leadership and delivery of quality improvements projects. Trainees will also be prepared for completing applications to higher specialty training and interview skills. The programme has been developed with a group of trainees, responding to feedback each year.

There is a practical procedures course open to all, allowing simulation training for all essential and life threatening procedures. In addition we offer a free Registrar Ready course for our IMT Year 2 trainees so as to equip them better for the role of the medical registrar. This course is headed up by the School’s dedicated Simulation Lead following collaboration with the University of Surrey.

MRCP PACES teaching is offered at all Trusts by experienced clinicians, many of whom are MRCP examiners. This has had a positive impact on pass rates.

All trainees provide weekly teaching sessions for medical students, and are exposed to acute medical takes to ensure complete coverage of the IMT curriculum.

Trainees are supported by their local College Tutors to attend clinics in specialties that do not form part of their programme.

Life in KSS

When not at work our trainees have access to a plethora of opportunities to enjoy their free time, whilst appreciating the best weather in the UK.  From the beaches of the South Coast, the South and North Downs, historical towns and vibrant cities, the nightlife of Brighton, there really is something to suit all tastes.

From each of the KSS regions there is quick and easy access to London to take advantage of all there is on offer there.