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Wessex is a fantastic place to train to become a geriatrician;
offering opportunity to experience every aspect of geriatrics
whilst living in a beautiful part of the country. If you live
centrally it is possible to commute to every hospital on the
training scheme getting the benefits of working in different sized
hospitals and also community placements. There is a robust and
thriving academic training programme with opportunities for all
trainees to become invoved in research or education. The deanery
offers a clear management and leadershipprogramme and has a
professional support unit which ensures great pastoral care.
Our aim is to produce doctors who are passionate about
geriatrics and the future developments of this specialty, with the
majority of our trainees getting consultant jobs in Wessex.
Our sub-specialties include:
Academic geriatric medicine is led by Avan Aihie Sayer,
Profressor of Geriatric Medicine, and Helen Roberts, Associate
Professor, at the University of Southampton. The group currently
includes expertise in epidemiology, gerontology, nutrition,
statistics, basic sciene and social science.
There is an established track record of excellent research training
with completion of four PhDs in the last four years; two
Academic Clinical Fellows winning Welcome Trust Clinical Training
Fellowships; and another gaining an NIHR Doctoral Training Fellowship.
Research interests of the group focus on sarcopenia, frailty and
clinical practice in older people, supported by an MRC programme
grant (PI Avan Aihie
Sayer), and improving the care of older people in hospital,
nutrition and movement disorders (Helen Roberts). Academic
geriatric medicine is part of Medicing for Older People in
UHSFT enabling our research to underpin
service development where recognition and response to geriatrics
syndromes, multiple morbidity, functional impairment and complex
care needs are core to improving clinical practice.
We provide training at the following hospitals with the
following lead consultants:
Many specialties dual accredit with General Internal Medicine.
There is a comprehensive programme of training days arranged
throughout the year covering the G(I)M
curriculum. The newly appointed Training Programme Directors for
general medicine ensure that trainees fulfil the requirements for
dual accreditation so that they are eligible to apply for
Consultant posts requiring commitment to the medical on-call
There is excellent experience of unselected
medical on-call available throughout the region.
Many trainees also take time
out-of-programme during their training to widen their
experiences including working overseas, teaching, research
opportunities or a year in a
In addition, Wessex offers Medical
Education Fellowships, which will help some trainees take up
lead educator positions at the end of training; Quality Improvement
Fellowships, which develop a greater understanding of quality
improvement within the NHS; and International Fellowships.
Our training programme offers a broad experience in geriatrics.
Specifically, Wessex offer three posts which are pure
community posts giving huge opportunity to understand the role of a
community geriatrician. Academic opportunities are significant; we
have trainees who have academic numbers, the majority of whom go on
to complete PhDs or equivalent. Those who are not academic
trainees also have opportunities to be involved in research with
the majority of our trainees producing, at the very least, a poster
at a conference.
Wessex runs a comprehensive leadership and development course
for all our trainees. There are ten WESTEC
training days run every year across the region covering a five
year cycle of the geriatrics curriculum. There are also regional
Wessex deanery offer support in the professional development of
all its trainees. It specifically has the Professional
If you are enthusiastic and open to the opportunities that
geriatric medicine at Wessex can offer, then training with
Wessex is for you.
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Please see these pages for a list of contacts:
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Specialty Specific Contacts
Assessment - ARCP
Assessment - RITA
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Less Than Full Time Training
Out of Programme Experience
Programme Description (pdf)
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