South Yorkshire Programme.

Training in Infectious Diseases (ID) in South Yorkshire is based in the Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine and the Academic Directorate of Communicable Diseases, physically located at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, and training is offered in close collaboration with colleagues in the laboratory services, in a range of medical specialties, and at the University of Sheffield.

Clinical training is offered though specialty registrar posts in ID and General Medicine, ID and Microbiology, and ID and Virology.  While training takes place mainly in Sheffield, trainees may spend time training in first rate units in Chesterfield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster, and sometimes further afield such as in Bradford and Hull.

With respect to outpatient work, in addition to numerous general infectious diseases clinics, the ID service also offers a wide range of training opportunities based on busy specialist clinics in Travel Health and Vaccination, HIV/AIDS (including a family clinic and a transition clinic, run jointly with colleagues from the Paediatric ID Service from Sheffield Children’s Hospital), Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis (run in collaboration with the Community TB team) and refugee health. 

The service offers an establish and  busy  OPAT service, offering training in this growing area of medicine.

In terms of inpatient work, the Infectious Diseases Service at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital has 33 dedicated beds (including negative pressure rooms) to which patients are admitted on a year round 24 hour basis.  During their training all registrars are fully involved in working with acute ID admissions.

In addition, to help take forward research into and the development of the scientific aspects of infection and associated specialties, the ID unit works in close cooperation with the University of Sheffield to offer Academic Lecturer posts as well as other academic posts such as Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs).  All trainees are strongly encouraged to participate in research and audit, and to seek to develop their knowledge and skills in this area, and a number have been successful in obtaining research fellowships and lectureships with the Wellcome Foundation, MRC and NIHR, with some being able to spend periods of time working in Africa and elsewhere overseas.

There are considerable opportunities to build up teaching experience as the ID Unit is heavily involved in the training of medical students from the University of Sheffield and nurses from Sheffield Hallam University.  

The ID unit regularly hosts the MRCP(UK) PACES exam for the Royal Colleges, usually on an annual basis, and trainees have the opportunity to gain experience in organising and working with this important area of postgraduate medical training.