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Training information

The programme has 23 posts in eight different centres around the region, providing all the core elements of an Acute Medicine training programme. The training programme has had very good success in ensuring all our trainees have been able to get high quality consultant posts following gaining their CCT.

Our SCE exam pass rates are very high, with the vast majority of trainees passing the exam early in their training at the first attempt.

We aim to produce high quality new consultants who can either join existing Acute Medicine Units as valuable colleagues, or who can set up a new Acute Medicine service in hospitals that do not yet have dedicated Acute Medicine consultants.

The majority of our trainees have been successful in being appointed to consultant posts in the Wessex region, and now support training of the next generation of trainees in the programme.


Trainees will usually rotate between posts at four or six month intervals; however most trainees will undertake at least two consecutive posts in a single hospital to reduce the number of moves during the five-year programme.


Trainees will undertake at least 12 months of their programme in an Acute Medical Unit, supervised by one or more consultants specializing in Acute Medicine.

Trainees will spend a minimum of 18 months of their programme in specialities relevant to Acute Medicine, including at least four months in each of cardiology, respiratory and elderly care; trainees undertaking dual accreditation in General Internal Medicine will undertake an additional one year in general medical posts during their programme.

Most trainees will undertake a period of six months of training in Critical Care.

The Acute Medicine curriculum requires that all trainees attain an additional skill or qualification in order to attain level three competency. In the past some trainees have been able to acquire skills in echocardiography and diagnostic upper GI endoscopy; however it should be noted that it is not possible for all trainees to undertake training in a practical procedure. Trainees are encouraged to seek additional training in medical education or management as an alternative to a practical procedure.

Sub-specialities offered

The Wessex programme has had a lot of success in supporting trainees to achieve a wide variety of specialist skills during their training. 

We have trainees who have undertaken all special skills as available via the AIM curriculum, most notably we have developed a regional Echocardiogram program thus helping facilitate the training in this skill.

We have good links with cardiology departments in the region, and have been successful in training a number of trainees to full BSE accreditation in echo, and beyond this have trained people in stress echo techniques.

We have a lot of experience of trainees completing management training diplomas and Masters degrees, and also diplomas and Masters in Medical Education. Previous trainees who are now consultants in the region have invaluable knowledge of the types of courses available, and also the practical usefulness of these courses.

We also have experience of trainees completing local stroke fellowships, and we have the ability to provide this in the future.

Trust Information

Trust Posts
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Acute Medical Unit
  • Intensive Care Unit

Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester

  • Respiratory / General Medicine
  • Cardiology / Elderly Care / General Medicine
  • Acute Medical Unit
Salsbury District Hospital
  • Respiratory / General Medicine
  • Elderly Care / General Medicine

Bournemouth General Hospital

  • Acute Medical Unit
  • Gastroenterology / General Medicine
Poole General Hospital
  • Acute Medical Unit

St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight

  • Endocrine / General Medicine
  • Cardiology / General Medicine
  • Respiratory / General Medicine

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth

  • Acute Medical Unit
  • Intensive Care Unit

North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke

  • Elderly Care / Stroke / General Medicine
  • Gastroenterology


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