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.

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 are mapped to the full 24 months at time of recruitment. You will be able to preference programmes available with the breakdown of all specialties included. All rotations and posts are subject to change, changes may be necessary to align with new CMT Quality Criteria from the JRCPTB. Any changes to both CT1 and CT2 posts after the allocation stage is communicated to candidates.

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 CMT 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.

The programme

Core Medical Training (CMT) in the Health Education Kent, Surrey & Sussex (KSS) School of Medicine offers exciting programmes, covering comprehensive exposure to all aspects of general medicine, preparing for a wide range of higher medical training choices.

Trainees are based in one trust for two years and undertake six four month rotations. There is often flexibility within the Trust rotation to swap specialties if additional experience in a particular specialty is desired and we continue to develop new specialties such as placements in palliative care, ITU, infectious diseases and dermatology to name a few.

For further information about why CMT training within KSS is a great choice, please look at our website.

HEKSS at the time of recruitment will provide details of the 6 specialty placements contained within each of the 100+ programmes on offer, ensuring that prospective trainees make informed decisions about their training.

HEKSS also offers 3 year ACCS-Am programmes, which are highly popular and produce multi-competent junior doctors able to recognise and manage the sick patient; and who have the complementary specialty training required for the programmes in emergency medicine, acute medicine, anaesthesia, and intensive care medicine.  For further information on the excellent ACCS-Am programmes in KSS please look here.

Programme features

There are local weekly CMT 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 CMT 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 CMT 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.