The north east and north Cumbria is a beautiful and vibrant place to live with outstanding training opportunities. From world-class NHS facilities and clinicians to stunning landscapes, towns and cities, our region has got it all.

The NHS in the north east is one of the highest performing NHS regions in the country. 

Across the region we have a clear vision for healthcare:

  ‘The NHS in the north of England will be the leader in excellence in health improvement and healthcare services’.

Health Education England in the North East and North Cumbria covers a large geographical area extending across Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Teesside and into North Yorkshire at its most Southern point.

In the recent GMC 2018 National Trainee Survey, HEENE have been ranked top in the country and number one for 16 out of the 18 indicators. These include Overall Satisfaction, Supportive Environment, Teamwork, Workload, Clinical and Educational Supervision, Reporting Systems, Regional Teaching, Adequate Experience, Curriculum Coverage and rota design. The North East and North Cumbria has also been number one for overall satisfaction for six out of the past seven years.

Internal Medicine Training

All of the hospitals have busy medical intakes.  Most hospitals within the rotation participate in the training of Newcastle University’s undergraduate medical students.

Rotations include the following hospitals:

  • Cumberland Infirmary (Carlisle)
  • Wansbeck Hospital (Ashington)
  • Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Centre (Cramlington)
  • North Tyneside General Hospital (North Shields)
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Gateshead)
  • Royal Victoria Infirmary (Newcastle upon Tyne)
  • Freeman Hospital (Newcastle upon Tyne).
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital (Sunderland)
  • South Tyneside District Hospital (South Shields)
  • University Hospital of North Durham (Durham).
  • Darlington Memorial Hospital (Darlington)
  • University Hospital of North Tees (Stockton-on-Tees)
  • James Cook University Hospital (Middlesbrough)
  • Friarage Hospital (Northallerton)

Internal Medicine Training

Internal Medicine consists of IM years 1, 2 and 3. The first 2 years will be in 2 separate trusts and consistent of 6 different 4 month posts.  All IM 1/2 trainees will have a 4 month elderly Care  post and at least two ‘Core’ posts (which include Cardiology, Respiratory, Gastroenterology and Acute Medicine) over their two years. Various other non-core specialties are available as follows:

Haematology, oncology, renal medicine, rheumatology, dermatology, neurology, infectious diseases, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, endocrinology and diabetes, palliative care and stroke medicine.

In IM 3 trainees will do 6 months of acute medicine as well as gaining experience in at least 1 other medical specialty.

All rotations will provide experience of acute unselected medical take. This is likely to involve periods on an call rota as well as an intensive block in the admissions unit/medical receiving ward. All trainees will have dedicated time to gain critical care experience

All IM 1 trainees will have the opportunity to attend simulated procedural training and there is further human factors and simulation training in IM 2 or 3.

Progression to the next year of training will always be dependent on a successful ARCP outcome. All IM trainees will be offered an interim review to review their progress prior to ARCP as well as ongoing high quality educational supervision.

In the recent GMC National Training Survey the North East was ranked 1st nationally in 16 of 18 indicators. The North East and North Cumbria has also been number one for overall satisfaction for six out of the past seven years. Areas where the region ranked number one include clinical and educational supervision and providing a supportive environment

A list of the available rotations will be available via the North East and Cumbria Programmes list

Please note that rotations are subject to change. Only your IM 1 and 2 rotations will be available at the time of job offer.

Posts may be added or withdrawn from the programme during the life-cycle of the programme as service configurations change

You can find out more about the Internal Medicine Training programme in the North East and North Cumbria here.

Internal Medicine Training

Here at HE North East, our commitment to our trainees is simple - we will offer you the highest quality training, supervision and support.

HEENE has an extensive programme of courses and educational support programmes. In the 2017 National Trainee Survey HEENE were ranked green for Regional Teaching for the 4th year in a row and rated joint top in the country by trainees for receiving local CMT curriculum based teaching as part of the CMT Quality Criteria.

We run a local Part 1 course and Mock PACES course for each Membership diet.

In Newcastle we have a regional office of the Royal College of Physicians London, which hosts a wide variety of conferences and other college events. We participate in telemedicine evening medical update conferences with the RCP Edinburgh.

There are opportunities to present your work regionally and nationally. One of our trainees won the Quality Improvement Programme showcase event in London in 2016 and went on to present her work at the RCP National conference.

We care about the trainee’s experience and views and have developed a network of CMT trainee representatives across the region in order to gather feedback on your training. Trainees have opportunities to attend educational committees and share their views. In the 2017 National Trainee Survey CMT Quality Criteria HEENE were rated second top in the country by trainees for representation on appropriate professional and educational committees.

People who train with us get much more than just high quality training. In addition to our first-class exam preparation, excellent clinical and academic supervision and the breadth of experience offered, we offer a high caliber of personal support.

You'll gain a breadth of experience in selected and supervised hospital posts throughout the area in large university acute hospitals, community hospitals and district general hospitals to ensure you get the training you need to give you a rewarding future career.

Within these areas you'll have the opportunity to work with nationally and internationally-recognised clinicians and leaders.

We create well-rounded doctors who are ready to become consultants through our leadership and development programmes - and the majority of our trainees secure local consultant posts.

From world-class NHS facilities and clinicians to stunning landscapes, towns and cities - our region has got it all. The quality of life is excellent, the cost of living is low and we have some of the most beautiful cities, coasts and countryside in the UK. Here are just some of the highlights…

  • Cost of living: The north east and north Cumbria are two of the best value regions in the UK. With no compromise on the quality of property, culture, cuisine and entertainment, you'll be amazed at how much further your money goes. Find out more…
  • Art and culture: Since spreading its wings in February 1998, Antony Gormley's Angel of the North has become one of the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced. But that's only the beginning of the thriving art and culture scene in our region. Find out more…
  • Foodie heaven: What do you do with some of the largest open spaces, cleanest seas and rivers and freshest air in England other than take it all in on a brisk walk? The answer is simple - you use it to produce some of the finest and freshest food in the country. Find out more…
  • Going off-road: You don't get puffins everywhere, but you do get them (in their thousands!) at the Farne Islands, just off the Northumberland Coast. But puffins aren't the only thing you can see if you go off road - our region is a nature lover's paradise. Find out more…
  • A sporting chance:  If you think a long night shift is tiring, try sweating it out in the Great North Run, the world's biggest and best half marathon. And if hot-footing it from Newcastle to South Shields is not your thing, our region has a love of sport so strong and steadfast that there’s never a shortage of action. Find out more…
  • Star attractions: Did you know that the rural areas of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park have the darkest skies in England? Find out more…
  • Travel and transport: No matter where you end up training in our region, you can be sure that with great transport links and infrastructure, living here means you’re never far from what you need. And with some of the lowest commuting times in the country, you'll have more of the day to enjoy for yourself too. Find out more…
  • World heritage: The north east and north Cumbria is home to two stunning world heritage sites - Durham Castle and Cathedral and Hadrian's Wall. Find out more…

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