Key Contacts 

(Interim)Training Programme Director for Geriatric Medicine: Dr Sarah Blayney 

Interim Head of School of Medicine: Dr Kathy Woolson 

Deputy Dean for Medicine: Dr Jon Francis

Education programme Manager: Naomi Mallinson


NHS England, 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 IM Stage 2

This programme aims to provide a very high level of Geriatric and IM Stage 2. The training programme is 4 years.

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 1st Wednesday of August to link in with induction days. 

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.


The Training Hospitals

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

North Devon Healthcare Trust

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Related Sites

JRCPTB Website, Geriatric Medicine