Please note that the content on this page is currently under review due to the change from core medical training to IMT. While much of the information will be similar, we advise that you check back on this page at a later date to receive the most up-to-date information and contact the region should you have any queries.

Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education and Severn Postgraduate Medical Education are one organisation within Health Education South West (HESW).

While HESW is a single region, there will continue to be two distinct training programmes; ie Severn and Peninsula. More information on the two areas is given across the tabs on this page.

Locations & trusts

Health Education South West Peninsula is located in the South of England and incorporates Devon and Cornwall. The link below provides a map to all locations within the Peninsula Internal Medicine Training (IMT) programme.

Trusts within the Peninsula offering Internal Medicine Training:

The programme

IMT is a three-year programme that will prepare trainees to become a medical registrar and provide them with the skills needed to manage patients presenting with a wide range of general medical symptoms and conditions. All IMT programmes include experience in intensive care medicine, geriatric medicine and outpatient clinics.

Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education offers IMT training in all 5 Trusts.  All rotations consist of 6 x 4 month rotations with the third year consisting of 2 x 6 month rotations.

The first two years of training will be based in the same Trust.  The majority of  Year 3 placements will allow trainees to remain in the same Trust as their year 1 &2.  IMT3 will consist of 2x6 month placements in specialties primarily included in the acute take where the trainee can function as the “medical registrar”.   The process of allocation of IMT3 posts will be based on the needs of the individual trainee and the needs for service provision across the region.

ACCS Acute medicine posts are six month rotations completing six rotations at the end of the ACCS programme.

Our IMT programmes incorporate acute and non- acute specialties to give trainees a broad variety of training and experiences.

Programme features

The South West Peninsula offers high quality education in a supportive learning environment where trainees are encouraged to be part of the development of training programmes.

HEE South West Peninsula ranked 1st nationally for overall satisfaction in the 2018 GMC National Training Survey.

We offer a wide range of opportunities to support your IMT programme, achievement of MRCP and your professional development.

  • PACEs training courses are running locally within the Peninsula three times a year (Cornwall, Plymouth and Exeter) so trainees do not have to travel outside of the region.
  • Local and regional teaching – most Trusts offer all day teaching sessions so you are not pulled back into Ward duties and regional training days are offered three times a year so you can get together with your colleagues across the region.
  • Opportunity to engage in QI projects and service innovation with the support of a local Quality Improvement expert and the Peninsula Quality Improvement Network
  • Simulation training supported by high quality simulation equipment across the region
  • Leadership development via both training and practical opportunities
  • Partially funded PGCE bursaries

Life in Peninsula

If you choose to come and train with us you will have the opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful parts of the United Kingdom. There is no better place for an active outdoor lifestyle with an excellent climate.

The unspoilt beaches along the North Devon and North Cornwall coasts provide some of the UK’s best surf breaks, whilst the picturesque South Coast provides the backdrop for some great sailing and windsurfing. The spectacular moorland of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor, along with the South West Coastal Path, provide limitless possibilities for hikers, climbers and mountain bikers.

For those more attracted to urban living, Exeter and Plymouth offer you the chance to live in vibrant, historic and multicultural university cities, with excellent links to the rest of the country (Exeter to London Paddington is only two hours by train). There are plenty of smaller towns and villages to choose from for those who prefer a more quiet life. 

In the South West Peninsula you will have the opportunity to mix and match lifestyle choices and undertake high quality, well-regulated training in medical specialties.

Location & trusts

The Severn Postgraduate School of Medicine is a vibrant organisation firmly committed to training future generations of physicians. We aspire to excellence through providing the highest quality of medical training whilst encouraging innovation and research. Our rotations provide clinical experience in district general hospitals, both small and large, and our teaching hospitals.

  • NBT – North Bristol NHS Trust
  • UHB – University Hospitals Bristol
  • GWH – Great Western Hospital NHSFT Swindon
  • Chelt/Glos – Cheltenham and Gloucester
  • Weston Super Mare – Weston Area Health
  • Yeovil – Yeovil District Hospital NHSFT
  • Bath – Bath Royal United Hospital NHS Trust
  • Taunton – Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust

Please visit the Severn postgraduate medical education website for further information.

The programme

Core medical training rotations are based in one or two trusts. Some posts have 2 year rotations ( in UHB and NBT) Most of the other rotations are between two trusts. The current pairings are in North Bristol/ Gloucestershire, UHB/ Weston; UHB/Taunton, UHB/ Yeovil and Bath/Swindon.

The posts in these rotations are all appropriate to training in acute and general medicine together with some opportunities to gain experience in some of the specialties. Most involve a total of 6 x 4 month attachments but a few include some 6 month blocks ( e.g. critical care medicine) .Successful candidates at interview were asked to rank their choice of trusts. The actual rotations were allocated by the Royal College Tutor in each Trust level based on the ranking after interview.

Please note that some minor changes have to be made from time to time to our rotations. The information given by the RCP Tutors in the following individual descriptions of their rotations must not therefore be regarded as “set in stone”.

The RCP tutor monitors the progress of all trainees in their trust with the help of consultants acting as educational supervisors. New trainees will meet them at their induction day and be allocated their educational supervisor. Practices vary but in most trusts you will have the same educational supervisor for at least a year. They will meet with you and supervise your e-portfolio with you but it is your responsibility to make appointments with them to do this. We will also run a deanery induction.

Programme features

For further information on the programmes available please use the following link: CMT prefence information.

Our Head of School, Training Programme Directors, College Tutors and educational supervisors are highly motivated with a passion for educating and supporting trainees, in order to  ensure they achieve their full potential. We are ably supported by an efficient management team based at Severn Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME).

The Severn School has close links with its sister school in the Peninsula because in the past we were combined as the South West Region Deanery. Following the creation of the Peninsula Undergraduate Medical School, the Peninsula was given its own Postgraduate Medical Education office but a number of higher specialty training programmes still continue to span both regions.

Life in Severn

The Severn area offers something for everyone; the elegant Georgian cities of Bath and Cheltenham, the cosmopolitan feel of Bristol, and easy access to beautiful countryside and coastline. Leisure, sports and cultural opportunities are superb, with excellent rail links to London and the M5 motorway for the Devon and Cornwall coasts further south.

Please visit our website for further region information.