The Wales Internal Medicine programme offers four regions to work in: North Wales, South West, South Mid and South East. Once selected to that region, you will not be expected to rotate out of that region unless you request to do so, thus allowing home stability for three years.
Map of Hospitals: https://www.walesdeanery.org/corporate-services/wales-locations-map
GMC National Trainee Survey – in 2016, Wales was rated the highest region across the UK for trainee satisfaction. That’s the top region for all of the UK! We also have two training sites ranked in the top 10, for overall satisfaction ‘green flags’ and no training sites in the bottom 10.
Our Internal Medicine programmes give trainees much varied experience of, and exposure to, a range of medical specialties, the workings of differently-sized and structured hospitals and Health Boards; as well as the chance to work with and for a much greater variety of colleagues and patients from different backgrounds and with disparate levels of experience; in addition to the opportunity to become much more involved in medical teaching and training.
Our rotations offer 6 month placements, allowing trainees more exposure and experience of specialty. Trainees are guaranteed 3 months of ITU experience in IM2.
Trainees rotate within one region, so you’re not be expected to travel all over Wales. We offer the standard medical specialties but we also have placements in specialist areas such as Haematology, Dermatology, Rheumatology, Renal, Neurology, Rehabilitation and Infectious Diseases on our programmes.
We provide candidates detailed programmes for selection at interview, so that you know exactly what you’re applying for. When offers are made, you’ll then know exactly what you’re accepting.
Our ACCS Acute Medicine programme offers two posts every year. One rotation is three years based at the Royal Gwent Hospital and the other is three years based in Wrexham.
The School of Medicine has developed a PACES weekend teaching course. These are;
- Free to Welsh IMTs after completion of MRCP Part I
- Delivered twice per year.
- Taught by experienced PACES examiners
We have arranged the delivery of an 'All Wales Teaching Scheme' in the four sub-regional areas of Wales. Key features include;
- Bimonthly, five full-day sessions per year
- Teaching follows the IMT curriculum over 2 years and includes sessions on MRCP Part 1 and written Part 2 questions
- Each sub-region has a Postgraduate Centre Manager and RCP Tutor leading on delivery
- Development of web-based educational material, illustrative clinical cases, data and images
- Program pre-approved for study leave
Wales arranges all IMT trainees with a single Educational Supervisor for their entire 2 years of rotation. Benefits include;
- Ability to select, train and develop a smaller pool of dedicated Educational Supervisors who have the abilities, knowledge of curriculum and interest to support their trainees;
- Improved relationship between trainee and ES;
- Continuity of supervision,
- improved transfer of information (e.g. at times of rotation);
- Closer and more personal review of trainees’ development and training requirements.
Wales supports and offers Less than full time training.
We offer pre Induction meetings to all new trainees before starting in programme. New trainees are invited to visit sites and meet with existing trainees and trainers.
There are dedicated support systems in place, with a Royal College Tutor representative at each training site; a IMT trainee Associate College Tutor at each site; a Named regional IMT Training Programme Director – all of whom are easily contactable.
We also hold Pre-ARCP Face to face meetings with all trainees and your RCP College tutors to help you with remediable measures to get successful ARCP outcome 1 if needed.
The Wales Costal Path is a World First – we are the only country in the World that has a continuous coastal path stretching its entire length. The path travels through some 870 miles of the most beautiful countryside taking you through stunning scenery, coastal villages, castles and beaches. Together, the three Welsh National Parks – Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons – protect an impressive 20 percent of Wales, including precious landscapes, habitats, villages and heritage sites. They’re perfect for active weekends and holidays in the glorious outdoors.
We are passionate about sport including rugby, football, golf, cricket and athletics to name a few, and we’re proud to be home of the Millennium stadium in Cardiff.
We like to celebrate our love of arts and literature. Hay-on-Wye in mid Wales is home to the world’s most famous literary and arts festival. The famous poet Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea in South Wales. More recent writers to come from Wales include children’s favorite Roald Dahl, who wrote Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Ken Follett who wrote The Pillars of the Earth.
The National Museum in Cardiff is the home of the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings outside Paris. Entry to see the collection, which includes Renoir’s famous Blue Lady, La Parisienne, Rodin’s The Kiss and Monet’s Waterlilies paintings, is free.
A few more facts about Wales:
- Robert Recorde of Tenby invented the = (equals) sign.
- Wales is the first Fair Trade Nation.
- Canned beer was invented in Wales.
- Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is one of 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Wales
- Eddie Bowen of Swansea invented artificial rain.
- The longest and fastest zip wire rides in Europe are in Bethesda, North Wales
- Wales has over 100 castles still standing
The Wales Deanery delivers international excellence in postgraduate medical and dental education for Wales. We provide 2,800 training grade doctors and dentists across Wales with access to high quality postgraduate facilities and educational support so that they can achieve their potential in service provision to the NHS in Wales.
Recent Trainee Feedback
- 'It's possible to have a very good balance here between a job you love and a lifestyle you enjoy...'
- 'A lot of people will come for the lifestyle – and that's why a lot of people stay, Swansea for the outdoors and the sea, Brecon for walking and climbing and Cardiff as a City.'
- 'I don't know anyone who hasn't hugely enjoyed it (the training) when they come.'
- 'The facilities are good, everyone I've come across has been enthusiastic to train me, the education facilities are really excellent.'