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Emergency Medicine Higher Specialty Training

Two doctors and a patient in the back of an ambulance

During three years HST you will develop the clinical and non clinical skills required to become a new consultant, thanks to outstanding opportunities and support in Wessex.

We are proud of our reputation for excellent training:

  • We have some of the best results for FRCEM in the UK.

  • Every EM department in our region has at least one examiner which strengthens our commitment to training

  • We run excellent training days:
      An annual mock FRCEM exam, attended by all HST. Usually also open to EM ST1-3 for OSCE practice.
      Annual critical appraisal training day
     Annual ultrasound training day
    Training and support for QIP 

  •  Our regional trainee association, WREMTA, organises 15 protected training days per year. These are trainee run with consultant oversight. The two-year programme offers a mix of curriculum-based clinical, management and exam related training.

  • We protect training. The Wessex School of EM has clearly defined maximum rota intensity to ensure work-life balance and training opportunities are not adversely affected by service provision. We believe this is vital in the current EM climate.

  • Each trainee has a monthly personal development day for project/audit work, management meeting attendance or clinic attendance.

  •  We support trainees who wish for to apply for subspecialty accreditation (ICM, PEM  & PHEM are all in region) and Health Education England, Wessex offers fellowships in quality improvement and education. EM trainees have a good record in gaining these opportunities. For full recruitment information please see our recruitment pages.

  • We encourage Out of Programme applications for suitable projects.

  •  We encourage trainees to be involved in the delivery of training. All trainee groups are represented at School Board Meetings.


For the most up to date information regarding Emergency Medicine training please visit the Royal College of Emergency Medicine website.

Where we provide training

All trainees will rotate through the major trauma centre at Southampton and two other training sites. Every year trainees will have the opportunity to state their preference where they wish to work which we try to accommodate where possible. The links will give details about the training centres throughout the region on our Trust Information page:


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