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School of Paediatrics

So you are thinking about a career that will make an impact upon the future health and wellbeing of children. You think you might have the commitment and ability to become a consultant paediatrician, lead a team of health care professionals and provide high quality care to growing, developing children. Read on and find out how we provide one of the best postgraduate training programmes in the UK.

What makes us different?

Our programme is one of the smallest in the UK with around 110 doctors in training at any one time. As a result we get to know our trainees on a personal level. In addition to the supervision meetings required for ARCPs, we provide annual face to face meetings between our programme directors, managers, college tutors, educational supervisors and all trainees to better understand and plan for each person's learning needs.

We provide a highly successful Paediatric Regional Education Programme (PREP) from ST1-8 delivering high fidelity simulation training, examination preparation and curricular teaching as outlined by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

We are proud of our trainees who lead on many training initiatives, including the Specialist Trainees with an Interest in Paediatric Education & Simulation group (STrIPES).

Our trainees deliver many innovative educational programmes and help disseminate innovative new practice across our region. This is achieved through our Paediatric Innovation Education and Research Network (PIER) a central point of access for all paediatric related activities in Wessex.

Our school engenders a meaningful, multi-professional team approach towards meeting the needs of children and we include nurses on our school board.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities embracing the needs of less than full-time trainees.

These and many other activities across our training network have resulted in our high pass rates for RCPCH examinations, our GMC feedback by trainees ranking us first in the UK for overall satisfaction and our consistent delivery of high quality doctors who will lead our profession into the future.

Our training Programmes

As well as our general paediatric with special interest training, we support National Grid training in the follow sub-specialties:

  • Allergy*
  • Community
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition*
  • Immunology and Infectious Diseases
  • Neonatology
  • Neuro-disability
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Paediatric Intensive Care
  • Respiratory*


(* Provided in rotation with other tertiary centres)

We have strong links with the University of Southampton, and an extensive academic programme including several Academic Clinical Fellows, Clinical Lecturer posts, MD and PhD students.

Where we provide training

Training is provided in Southampton Children's Hospital and district general hospitals in Poole, Dorchester, Salisbury, Basingstoke, Winchester and Portsmouth.

Southampton Children's Hospital provides comprehensive tertiary sub-specialist services for the region and supports networks of specialist care with our partner hospitals. All trainees will have opportunities to rotate through the Regional Centre to gain special interest or sub-specialty training as well as working with the district network.

Other opportunities

All of our hospitals provide their own educational programmes in addition to our regional training programme. We encourage the completion of Special Paediatric Interest (SPIN) modules, attendance at a wide range of personal and professional development courses available through our Learning and Development Courses and attendance at our biannual regional paediatric meeting.

We are particularly keen on learning through simulation. Our high fidelity simulation programme extends into all aspects of paediatric care and professional development and is delivered across the region.

There are many opportunities for Out of Programme training. These include overseas experience through our leadership programme in developing countries, our exchange programme with Melbourne, Australia and numerous fellowship programmes within Wessex.

Is this right for you?

Effective communication, problem-solving skills and a positive attitude, coupled with a willingness to embrace innovation and change, are some of the abilities we are looking for from trainees applying to our programme. Liking children is also an advantage.

What to do next

Follow the links on the right-hand side of this page for more information or contact us to organise a visit or an informal chat.


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