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Respiratory Medicine

Respiratory Medicine training in Wessex offers the combination of high quality DGH clinical training with rotation through an Academic Centre for Respiratory Medicine that is of international renown. Added to this is the opportunity to enjoy life on the South Coast, one of the UK's most beautiful and varied regions.

Child being shown how to use volumatic inhaler to treat asthmaThe general format of training is that trainees spend the first two years of training in a DGH, the middle two years in Southampton and Portsmouth, and the final year in a DGH. From time to time, as appropriate, this pattern may need to be varied.

The mandatory 60 days’ training in ITU is provided at Salisbury and Southampton. Training in Adult Cystic Fibrosis is provided at Southampton, although Portsmouth and Poole have satellite clinics. Most other special interest training is available at Southampton and Portsmouth, although most of the participating trusts provide training in some/many of these clinical areas. Most trusts provide training in bronchoscopy. Three trusts (Portsmouth, Poole, Dorchester and Winchester) have local anaesthetic thoracoscopy services. Most trusts provide experience in pleural ultrasound. TB and HIV experience are available at Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth. Domiciliary NIV is available at Southampton. The programme encourages placements to provide training in lung transplantation and pulmonary hypertension. Some training in occupational and environmental respiratory medicine is available locally and the programme is developing training in integrated care. Several hospitals have sleep services and offer training in sleep aspects of Respiratory Medicine.

The clinical training is supported by an active monthly day release Structured Training Programme, which covers the entire curriculum in a rolling 2.5 year cycle. There are strong links with the Academic Department at Southampton.

Research is encouraged, but trainees must give adequate notice of intended OOPR. There are formal research opportunities available at Southampton and Portsmouth. In particular, Southampton has an international reputation in Respiratory Medicine research.

The Specialty and HEW are very active in supporting trainees fully during training. Trainees have formal induction, sign educational agreements and have regular appraisal. The Specialty Training Committee meets every three months and two trainees represent trainee interests on it. There is web based trainee communication, led by one of the trainees.

Trainees can sign up for the Respiratory Extranet.

Hospitals on the Wessex Respiratory Medicine rotation include:



For more detailed information about Respiratory Medicine at the various 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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