Key Contacts 

Training Programme Director for Internal Medicine Training: Dr Tim Howell (Based at Plymouth Hospital)

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

Head of School of Medicine: Dr Helen Waters

Associate Dean for Medicine: Dr Hiu Lam

Education programme manager: Naomi Mallinson

Education programme coordinator: Kayleigh Merry

Internal Medicine Training College Tutors

Dr Christopher Cawston  (South Devon Hospital)

Dr Dushen Tharmaratnam (North Devon Hospital)

Dr Simon Patten (interim)(Exeter Hospital)

Dr Palanichamy Chellamuthu  (Cornwall Hospital)

Dr John Corcoran & Dr Bhuvaneswari Kathiresan (Plymouth Hospital)


Welcome from the Head of School of Medicine

Welcome to the Peninsula Postgraduate School of Medicine and congratulations on being appointed to the Internal Medicine Training Programme.  


Our aim is to support your development and to ensure your training equips you to enjoy working as a medical registrar and to enter specialty training successfully. 


Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education has a great reputation for training, being ranked 1st for overall satisfaction in the National Training Survey 2018.  Many of our medical specialty training programmes were ranked in the top 2, including the CMT programme which formed the basis of our new IMT programme. We are excited about the opportunities offered by the new IMT training and our college tutors and supervisors are trained and equipped to support you while the programme rotations have been refreshed to support the new training.  


Across the Peninsula our Trusts and College Tutors provide a supportive learning environment.  Our trainees have a strong voice in the School of Medicine and in each Trust and we value and encourage their input. 


We have a range of opportunities to support your professional development.  Our Quality Improvement Network has specialists in each Trust supporting quality improvement and service innovation.  Simulation training is well developed and supported by enthusiastic faculty in each Trust.  We offer leadership development opportunities and partially funded PGCE bursaries. 


Within the School of Medicine and Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education we recognise that good health and wellbeing are essential for doctors to enjoy a long and happy career in medicine.  We have a range of support systems and services within each Trust and the School of Medicine  


I look forward to meeting you during the course of your IMT training and hope that you enjoy your time with us here in the Peninsula.  



Dr Helen Waters 


South West Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education  Head of School of Postgraduate Medicine 

(A full list of contacts can be found in Appendix 1) 


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



IMT Regional Training Days 2021/22

The Internal Medicine training programme holds several regional training days throughout the region, trainees are expected to attend at least two of these per training year. you will receive an email prior to the event inviting you to book yourself a place on the event so you can attend. You will need to book study leave for these training days and it is recommended you book well in advance to ensure the time off.


Peninsula based PACES Courses 2021/22

Face to Face Paces courses are suspended for now due to COVID. Please refer to the HEE SW Peninsula study leave guidance regarding Study leave for online PACEs revision course.