Ophthalmology training is a major undertaking. Involving at least seven years of commitment to becoming a consultant ophthalmologist, you will want to make sure you have plenty of training opportunities and enjoy life along the way. Whether you prefer outdoor adventure, culture or nightlife, there is plenty to keep you busy 'up North', when not in an operating theatre or eye clinic.
The North/East/West rotation, centred on Leeds has over 40 trainees, giving many opportunities for working together, friendship, and access to a large pool of hospitals and experienced consultants to learn from. The South rotation centred on Sheffield is smaller with around 15 trainees, who spend five of the seven years in Sheffield itself, which allows consistency uncommon in contemporary training programmes.
Yorkshire trainees report excellent surgical training and have access to world class simulation. Those who wish to persue research interests will be supported and those who sould like to explore other areas such as 'leadership' and 'simulation' can do so through fellowships.
What better place to train than Yorkshire? It has it all.
Applications typically open in September each year, with national interviews in January/February orgaised in Bristol. If an offer is made, this will usually be at ST1 or ST3 level to start in August.
In short, trainees cannot swap or move between the North and South rotations.
The process by which trainees can move between rotations or deaneries is by Inter Deanery Transfer (IDT), administered by Health Education England. Further information can be found at https://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/nationalIDT.