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Yorkshire and Humber


Medical Microbiology and Virology

At present, recruitment to Microbiology and Virology themed specialty training in Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber is managed regionally (rather than nationally) by the LETB.

Recruitment takes place annually and details of vacancies in the three Microbiology training programmes (Leeds, Hull/York and Sheffield) are posted on the Specialty Recruitment section of the website.

Application is through the web-based application system, Oriel. Applicants need to be registered on the Orielsystem in order to apply.  Details of how to register, application timelines, person specifications and other useful information are available on LETB Specialty Recruitment section.

ST1-5 training in Medical Microbiology is delivered via programmes based in South Yorkshire (Sheffield), West Yorkshire (Leeds) and East Yorkshire (Hull/York).

Virology training in Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber is only available in Sheffield. Training in all elements of Microbiology and Virology is provided across the LETB, including paediatrics, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, renal medicine, orthopaedics, infectious diseases and infection prevention.

With less automation than some other pathology disciplines, it is increasingly attractive to many trainees, particularly as it increasingly has a ward presence and team-based relationship with many other specialities in medicine.

For further information please contact one of our TPDs.

Chemical Pathology & Metabolic Medicine

Chemical Pathology entry involves small numbers these will be administered by the training centres and Trusts with oversight by the School of Pathology.

Metabolic Medicine also admits a small number of trainees on an annual basis, but is currently being co-ordinated by the Lead LETB (Nottingham) with regard to annual entry.  Details can be obtained from the Royal College of Pathologists as well as the Head of School here in Yorkshire and Humber.

Few people decide before medical school that Chemical Pathology / Metabolic Medicine is their career choice, but given the variety and flexibility of the job and the increasing presence of such pathologists in the wards and at clinics, it has become more attractive. It is an increasingly competitive option for junior doctors.
The two centres are based in South Yorkshire (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals) and the East/ West rotation. This latter programme rotates through Harrogate, Leeds, Hull and York.  The teaching is designed to deliver the rounded knowledge of metabolic medical disease and therapy, alongside a deep understanding of the science. Experience of analytical methods and involvement in research are key facets to the job.

For further information please contact one of our TPDs

Histopathology (& subspecialities)

Histopathology is governed by a single portal entry, advertised in the British Medical Journal and on the Royal College of Pathologists website, usually during December of each year.  Application forms are completed on-line and submitted via the London LETB (co-ordinating national recruitment) with interviews generally taking place around April each year. 

Placement to Schools in different LETBs around the country is mapped to programme slots available, with a balance being made between different LETBs on a pro-rata basis.  It is stressed that successful application to Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber ensures allocation to a position within the LETB, but not at a specific location.  Nevertheless, the programmes present will attempt to address any personal realities for individual trainees in a realistic fashion. 

The two centres delivering ST1 training are Leeds and Sheffield. 

ST2-5 training is also delivered at these centres, as well as Hull and the district general hospitals.  Specialised training (eg. Paediatric pathology, Neuropathology, Forensic pathology, etc) is usually delivered within the programmes - as reflects the trainees' needs.

The training is broad and aims to cover all subspecialities and general pathology. Trainees are rotated to garner experience and knowledge as directed by their educational needs.

For further information please contact one of our TPDs.

Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) Posts

These can exist in any branch of pathology. They are designed to permit the start of an academic period of study, within the FRCPath and ARCP framework. They can lead to commencement of a full PhD and thereafter an academic career.

Entry to an ACF post is usually after year 1, by competitive interview. There is normally careful mapping of research possibilities to the trainee and academic tutors.

Further information is via the Head of School and our Academic training site.

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