Key Contacts 

Training Programme Director for Internal Medicine Training: Dr Julia Bell (Based at Torbay Hospital)

Training Programme Director for Internal Medicine Training: Dr Katherine Mellor (Based at Torbay Hospital)

The Training Programme Directors cover the whole region and are contactable by all trainees, they are also allocated to specific trusts so if you have something related to an application approval you can contact the TPD assigned to your trust.

Dr Katherine Mellor is responsible for Exeter, North Devon and Torbay

Dr Julia Bell is responsible for Plymouth and Cornwall

Head of School of Medicine: Dr Kathy Woolson

Deputy Dean for Medicine: Dr Jon Francis

Education Programme Manager: Naomi Mallinson 


Internal Medicine Training College Tutors

Dr Ryan Miller  (South Devon Hospital)

Dr Dushen Tharmaratnam (North Devon Hospital)

Dr Simon Patten (Exeter Hospital)

Dr Lindsay Jones (Exeter Hospital)

Dr Rahul Potluri (Exeter Hospital)

Dr Ben Dyer (Exeter Hospital)

Dr Palanichamy Chellamuthu  (Cornwall Hospital)

Dr John Corcoran & Dr Bhuvaneswari Kathiresan (Plymouth Hospital)


What is Internal Medicine Training (IMT)?

IMT is a 3 year programme preparing doctors to become a medical registrar and providing them with the skills needed to manage patients presenting with a wide range of general medical symptoms and conditions.  It is designed to form the first 3 years of post-foundation training and to equip trainees to enter medical specialty training and then to practice at consultant level in both their specialty and internal medicine. 

The curriculum builds on the best of Core Medical Training, which IMT replaces, and enhances trainee experience by offering further opportunities in outpatients, geriatric medicine and intensive care medicine.  It was developed with input from consultants and trainees involved in teaching and training across the UK along with input from service representatives and lay representatives.

Progress will be charted on an electronic portfolio with support from clinical and educational supervisors and the Trust College Tutor.  ARCP (annual review of competence and progression) will be based on trainee progress in each of fourteen high level capabilities in practice, using the professional judgement of trained expert assessors.  This is a change from the previously perceived ‘tick box’ approach of previous curricula and a positive development. 


IMT3 programmes

Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education offers IMT training in all 5 Trusts.  All rotations consist of 6 x 4 month rotations with the third year consisting of 2 x 6 month rotations.  IMT3 will consist of 2 x 6 month placements in specialties primarily included in the acute take where the trainee can function as the “medical registrar”.  Our IMT programmes incorporate acute and non- acute specialties to give trainees a broad variety of training and experiences.

The first two years of training will be based in the same Trust.  Where possible the allocated IMT 3 year will be in the same site as the IMT 1&2 year.  Allocation of IMT3 posts will try to ensure as many trainees as possible get their first choice, but will also be based on the needs of the individual trainee and the needs for service provision across the region.  The Training Programme Director (TPD) for IMT will lead the allocation process.  Selection process for ST4 higher specialty training will not take into account the specialties undertaken in IMT3.


Internal Medicine Training – Trust Information 

Below are links to an overview of the five trust hospitals delivering IMT in the South West Peninsula, Including further information on the curriculum, geographical information and curriculum breakdown.



South Devon


North Devon



 2023 - 2024 Placement dates 3 x 4 month rotations

(Applicable to IMT1 & IMT2)


  • 02/08/2023 - 05/12/2023
  • 06/12/2023 - 02/04/2024
  • 03/04/2024 - 06/08/2024


2023 - 2024 Placement dates 2 x 6 month rotations

(Applicable to IMT3)


  • 02/08/2023 - 06/02/2024
  • 07/02/2024 - 06/08/2024