Paediatrics is split into two programmes; a north Wales / Mersey programme and a south Wales programme. Both programmes provide opportunities to work in both rural and urban settings as well as providing training opportunities across the breadth of paediatric subspecialties.
The north Wales/Mersey programme offers training in general and community paediatrics at all levels, and neonatal training at level one within the north Wales Health Board (Betsi Cadwaladr), with neonatal training at level two and subspecialty training being based in the Mersey region.
The south Wales programme offers training in general, community, neonatal and subspecialty paediatrics in designated training units across five health boards (Hywel Dda, Swansea Bay, Cwm Taf, Cardiff and Vale and Aneurin Bevan). If you choose to live in the area between Cardiff and Swansea, then all of your placements for the entire training programme will be within commuting distance of your home, though it may be that some days/individual clinics/activities may be further than what may be generally considered commutable.
Opportunities exist for senior trainees to undertake fellowships abroad or in the UK as part of their training programme. Subspecialty training, for those who wish to become tertiary subspecialists, is accessed via the paediatric national grid selection process run by the RCPCH. A number of specialty grid rotations are based in south Wales. There are also many opportunities for research and pursuit of an academic training.
Level one (ST1-3) training consists of 12 months general paediatrics, 12 months neonatology, six months community and six month sub-specialty. The exact order of placements will vary and will be confirmed by the Training Programme Director.
Level two (ST4-5) training consists of 12 months general paediatrics, six months neonatology and six months community.
Level three (ST6-8) training is based on the trainee’s career aims. Both the north Wales/Mersey and south Wales programmes offer rotations based on the trainee's career aims.
The training programme at ST6-8 provides training opportunities to develop:
In addition to general paediatric and community paediatric posts there are posts available in the following subspecialties:
There is also the option of taking time out of programme for research or overseas placements.
Trainees aiming to become general paediatric consultants in smaller acute inpatient units with a level two neonatal unit and community commitments will typically do the following placements at level two:
Trainees aiming to become general paediatric consultants in acute inpatient units will typically do the following placements at level three:
Trainees aiming to become community paediatric consultants will typically do the following placements at level two:
Trainees aiming to become neonatal consultants will typically do the following placements at level two:
National Grid process - see Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) website for further information and details on how to apply.
National Grid process - see the RCPCH website for further information and details on how to apply.
Please note, the rotations above are examples only and exact rotations will be confirmed by the programme director. The order of placements will vary.
The School is fully engaged with the 'Supervising the route to excellence' initiative aimed at professionalising the role of the Educational Supervisor. The School has a robust Quality Assurance process in place working with HEIW's Quality Unit. Trainees experiencing difficulty with regards to their training have access to help from the Performance Lead within the School as well as HEIW's Professional Support Unit.
We have a significant number of less than full time trainees on the programme at all ST levels who are supported by the Less-Than Full Time Lead and the Less Than Full Time (LTFT) training unit. The Paediatric Specialty Training Committee plays an essential role in the management of the training programme and the terms of reference for this group can be found in the Paediatric STC governance (Word, 134Kb) document.
For trainees on the South Wales programme, there is a comprehensive regional teaching programme held in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.
Trainees on the North Wales programme are welcome to access the South Wales regional teaching, but also have access to teaching provided by the Mersey Deanery.
In addition to the regional teaching programme, trainees benefit from high quality local teaching within their units and other ad hoc training sessions. There is also an active Welsh Simulation Group.