Training Programme Director for Geriatric Medicine: Dr Ray Sheridan (Based at Exeter Hospital)
Education programme Manager: Naomi Mallinson
Education programme coordinator: Kayleigh Merry
Health Education South West (Peninsula) supervises all postgraduate medical specialist training in the Devon and Cornwall region for Geriatric Medicine.
Information about the Specialty
Geriatric Medicine dual accredits with General Internal Medicine G(I)M.
This programme aims to provide a very high level of Geriatric and General (Internal) Medicine [G(I)M] training. The training programme is 5 years for dual accreditation (Geriatrics & GIM) 4 years for Geriatrics alone.
The hospitals included on the rotation for the training programme in Devon and Cornwall are Royal Cornwall Hospital (Truro), Derriford Hospital (Plymouth), Torbay Hospital (Torquay), Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Exeter), North Devon District Hospital (Barnstaple). The annual rotation is the 1 st Wednesday of August to link in with induction days. Trainees must complete a minimum of 1 year and maximum of 2 years in each unit.
Training opportunities in the Peninsula
The Peninsula offers the whole range of the curriculum across a range of teaching hospitals & smaller DGH & community hospitals.
It offers everything form hyper-acute care such as acute thrombolysis stroke training through to chronic disease management & community geriatrics.
We provide training in syncope (tilt testing facilities), memory clinics, Parkinson’s, Rehabilitation, Dementia & Memory services. Orthogeriatrics services are comprehensive from managing acutely ill patient with fractured hip peri-operativley through to rehabilitation. Increasingly offering other training opportunities in peri-operative medicine. Through our colleagues we are able to offer sub-speciality training in pyscho-geriatrics, palliative care, heart failure & continence.
Community Geriatrics is a growth area & we offer specific posts in this as well as attachments to schemes like Hospital @ Home.
Parkinson’s is well represented with one of the few dedicated in-patient PD wards & we have a comprehensive apomorhine service & work closely with community PD Nurses.
Stoke offers general training as well as option to do additional Stroke sub-speciality training to gain an additional CCT.
Across all our hospitals there are services at the front door & we are closely linked with Acute Medicine as well as a large range of community hospitals & community based clinics.
Trainees often gain additional training in teaching doing Certificates in Medical Education. The two Medical Schools work closely with us & we provide a lot of teaching to clinical medical students for both Universities & there are courses provided to gain the competencies to deliver teaching.
Research continues to grow formally through ACF (Academic Clinical Fellowship NIHR schemes) & we currently have 5 trainees in this programme. It is possible to do research alongside too as OOP or Phd. Two trainees have completed PhD in last 3 years & we have an additional trainee in progress.
There are also management training & patient safety training opportunities.
Annual Assessment Information
Trainees undertaking Higher Specialist Training are required to have an annual assessment (ARCP). By clicking on the your specialty you will find the requirements for your assessment.The checklists are by no means exhaustive and it is advised that you communicate with your Training Programme Director or Educational Supervisor for more detailled requirement information once you have been scheduled for an assessment Please use these checklists as a guide when preparing for your assessment. Its is your responsibility to check what is expected of you and prepare accordingly. The JRCPTB website is an invaluable source of assessment information.
The Training Hospitals
South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust