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Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine

Close up of a blue plastic tray containing a large number of round glass containers with metal lids.This programme aims to provide a very high quality of Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine training. The regional teaching hospital is University Hospital Southampton. Another hospital involved in the rotation is the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery located in London. The head of training and Programme Director is Dr P Cook, Consultant in Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine based at Southampton. This training programme leads to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) is five and a half years in length. The Consultants throughout the region are enthusiastic trainers

The Training Hospitals

  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight NHS Trust


At the current time, there are two training posts in the region.

This is a five year and a half years training programme in Chemical Pathology (Metabolic Medicine) at ST3 aimed at doctors who can demonstrate the essential competencies to enter this level of training. The programme is designed to support training for a CCT in Chemical Pathology (Metabolic Medicine).  

Training Rotations

The special features of this training programme are that the trainee will gain a wide experience and exposure to clinical biochemistry and metabolic medicine. The trainee will be based in University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust – with formal secondments to the other centres for Inherited Metabolic Disorders and Metabolic Bone Disorders experience.

Study and Training

The primary aim of all posts is the training programme developed and there is a region wide syllabus and minimum standards of education agreed by all Trusts within the rotation.

The Deanery is committed to developing postgraduate training programmes as laid down by PMETB, Colleges and Faculties and by COPMED - the Postgraduate Deans Network. At local level college/specialty tutors work with the Programme Director and Directors of Medical Education in supervising these programmes. Trainees will be expected to take part in these programmes (including audit) and to attend meetings with their nominated educational supervisor.

All posts within the training programme are recognised for postgraduate training by the Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board (PMETB) in accordance with their standards for training.

Study leave is granted in accordance with Deanery/Trust policy and are subject to the maintenance of the service.

All posts have a service element and the following covers the majority of duties, however there will be minor variations in different hospitals.

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