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  • This programme aims to provide a very high quality of Histopathology training.  This is a five year training programme in Histopathology aimed at post foundation year doctors who can demonstrate the essential competencies to enter this level of training. The programme is designed to support training for a CCT in Histopathology.


The Training Hospitals

The regional teaching hospital is Southampton. Other hospitals involved in the rotation are:

  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal West Sussex NHS Trust, Chichester
  • Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Trainees will generally rotate to these hospitals whilst on the programme (including Chichester which sits outside Wessex) on an annual basis. At the current time, there are 25 training slots around the region.

The rotations are planned taking into account the training needs of the individual trainee.

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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