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Rehabilitation Medicine

A man lying on a mat, with his legs raised resting on an exercise ballCurrently, the Rehabilitation Medicine training programme is a four year rotational post consisting of 12 months placements in each of the following four locations: Poole/Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Salisbury and Southampton. The actual order of the rotation will be based on individual training and educational needs as well as taking into account other trainees already on the rotation. New starters to the programme will commence in August with subsequent rotations happening in September; this will usually mean that your first placement will be for 13 months and your final placement for 11 months.

Trainees may start their training at any position in the rotation. In each location the degree of clinical responsibility would depend upon the stage in training that the postholder had reached at the time. In general, Poole and Southampton are the preferred placements earlier in the rotation with trainees gaining the most from their time in Portsmouth and Salisbury towards the end of the programme once they have had previous significant exposure to Neurological Rehabilitation.

Trainees who wish to spend their study/research time in obtaining a further degree could either register for a part time PhD over four years or alternatively a part time MSc over two and a half years. They are also encouraged to obtain the European Diploma in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Teaching in each arm of the rotation is tailored to the trainee and takes place in a variety of forms both formal and informal.  Some specific examples can be found in the detailed post information in the Programme Description.

As well as attending planned educational activities during individual placements there is also a regional teaching programme in operation. This consists of four training days per year on a four yearly rotational cycle (16 different training days over the full four year cycle). These training days rotate around the region and attendance is compulsory, forming part of the study leave allocation. Topics covered are those considered more suitable for regional training. It is expected that each trainee will contribute to the training days held in their own area (e.g. an audit presentation, journal club, clinical case discussion) as well as aiding in the organisation of the day if necessary.

Hospitals on the Wessex Rehabilitation Medicine rotation include:


For detailed information about Rehabilitation Medicine at each of the hospitals, please download the Programme Description (link in right-hand menu).


Please see these pages for a list of contacts:

School of Medicine Contacts

Specialty Specific Contacts

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