Training in Yorkshire and The Humber
The Geriatric Medicine training programme in Yorkshire and The Humber is large and well established. Completion of the five-year programme (ST3 to ST7) confers dual accreditation in both Geriatric Medicine and General (Internal) Medicine. The main aim of training is to provide the broad medical knowledge required to practice ‘general’ geriatrics and general medicine as a consultant, but also to enable trainees to experience and develop skills in geriatric subspecialty areas such as orthogeriatrics, community care, continence etc. Opportunities also exist for those with an interest in generic areas such as medical education, law, ethics and leadership – either during training or ‘out of programme’.
The region is split into three areas for training purposes: East, West and South Yorkshire (see ‘Applying for Specialty Training’).
Each region has a wide variety of training locations, ranging from smaller district general hospitals in rural areas through to the major teaching hospitals in the cities. Trainees can expect to spend one to two years in a teaching hospital and three or four years in a district general hospital, with exposure to both elderly and general medical disciplines throughout the five year period.
To supplement workplace based training there are regular Specialist Registrar training days, rotating around the training centres in the region. Trainees are also encouraged to apply for study leave to attend a range of regional and national courses and conferences.
There are several Geriatric Medicine training representatives, elected annually. Amongst other roles, they produce a quarterly newsletter for trainees including details of relevant news, upcoming events and guideline updates.
Further information on rotations across the different regions:
Less Than Full Time Training (LTFTT)
Less than full time training (LTFTT) is very popular within our speciality and we will always endeavour to accommodate trainees ideally in slot shares. Lots of our past trainees have had very successful flexible training, and many have gone to work LTFT as consultants (including some of the TPDs!). Our speciality is very varied so lends itself well to this type of approach. A good work life balance is definitely achievable. Please read the HEYH guidance on LTFTT; it is advisable to make early contact with the TPDs to discuss placements and days (before arranging childcare).