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The School of Medicine in HEIW manages over 20 speciality training programmes across Wales, taking trainees from Core training (Internal Medicine Training or IMT stage 1) through to consultant level and Certificate of completion of training (CCT).

Medicine training in Wales provides the opportunity to develop your career to its full potential in a flexible and well supported environment within a devolved healthcare system. See here and here for further information about working and living in Wales.

  • Training in each speciality is supervised by a Specialty Training Committee (STC) which is led by a Training Programme Director (TPD)

    Working with these committees, we:

  • Aim to ensure the highest standards of patient care by developing a highly skilled medical workforce
  • Organise training programmes in accordance with General Medical Council (GMC) requirements, ensuring all curriculum requirements can be met
  • Recruit and select trainees for IMT and Higher training
  • Ensure that there is an appropriate induction to the training programme for all new trainees
  • Ensure that regular, high quality educational supervision is provided
  • Support the provision and use of the e-portfolio by both trainees and their educational supervisors
  • Work with local lead educators (Associate Medical Directors, Faculty Leads, College Tutors) to ensure that each post in a programme provides high quality experience
  • Ensure that all educational supervisors have received appropriate training (including teaching skills, appraisal and assessment skills and equality and diversity training) for their role as educators and assessors
  • Ensure that trainees have access to well-informed and appropriate careers information, advice and counselling
  • Are proactive in the identification of trainees needing additional help or guidance and see that support is provided quickly when needed
  • Monitor assessment of training including annual reviews of competency progression (ARCPs) and recommendations for CCT

The School of Medicine is responsible to the Postgraduate Medical Dean and we work closely with the Joint Royal Colleges Postgraduate Training Board (JRCPTB) and its Specialty Advisory Committees (SACs).  We also have close links with the Royal College of Physicians (Wales) and the Royal College Tutor network.  The Head of School of Medicine is Dr Shaun Smale.


Further information

Further information can be obtained by viewing individual speciality pages. Alternatively, or for general information relating to the School of Medicine, please contact Claire Porter or telephone 01443 824247 (direct line).




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General Internal Medicine

Diagnosing and treating conditions, ranging from the acute severely ill young person to elderly patients with multiple complex comorbidities. 

Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS)

Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) is a three year multi-disciplinary training programme.

Acute medicine

Acute internal medicine (AIM) remains a relatively new medical specialty having only been formally recognised in 2009.

Audiology (Audiovestibular medicine)

Audiovestibular Medicine is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of hearing and balance disorders in adults and children.


Cardiology is generally stereotyped as the most high profile and practical skill based of the medical specialties. Despite this not entirely unfair image of cardiologists, the subject of cardiovascular medicine embraces a very wide range of clinical activities.

Clinical genetics

Clinical genetics is a specialty that involves the diagnosis and management of genetic disorders affecting individuals and their families.

Clinical immunology

The clinical practice of Immunology, as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) encompasses clinical and laboratory activity dealing with the study, diagnosis and management of patients with diseases resulting from disordered immunological mechanisms

Clinical neurophysiology

Clinical neurophysiology offers an exciting and varied career within the neurosciences for those interested in combining considerable patient contact with technical skills.

Clinical pharmacology

Training in CPT is defined in the specialty training curriculum, and is usually combined with training as a general physician.


The Wales dermatology programme is split between north and south Wales, with candidates working either in north Wales or south Wales for four years. Candidates are not expected to rotate north to south or vice versa.

Diabetes and endocrinology

Endocrinology and diabetes is a broad ranging subject and therefore an enticing one for trainees and consultants alike, since it encompasses basic mechanisms of physiology and pharmacology, coupled with the ability to improve quality of life and long-term outcomes through effective disease control and often cure.


Gastroenterology is an exciting and expanding medical speciality, following implementation of the national bowel screening programme and due to a rising incidence in liver disease.

Genitourinary medicine

Genitourinary medicine involves the investigation and management of sexually transmitted infections and HIV. It is mostly outpatient based but does include inpatient care of HIV infection.

Geriatric medicine

The Geriatrics training programme in Wales is split between north and south Wales.


In the UK, clinical haematology is an intensive, exciting and rewarding speciality that encompasses both clinical and laboratory practice.

Infectious diseases

The specialty of infectious diseases, although small in comparison to the system-based specialties, provides the opportunity of a career ranging from challenging and constantly varied clinical management to intellectually stimulating frontier research into diseases of worldwide importance.

Internal medicine training (IMT) stage one

The specialty of neurology is changing rapidly. Traditionally, neurology had been thought of as an intellectual pursuit, concerned with diagnosis of rare conditions of the nervous system.

Occupational medicine

The aim of the Occupational Health Department is to provide a high quality, efficient and impartial professional advisory service to improve and optimise staff and organisational health.


HEIW provides training in both Clinical Oncology (Radiotherapy) and Medical Oncology.

Palliative medicine

Specialty training in palliative medicine in Wales provides a comprehensive training experience for those wishing to pursue a career to Consultant level.


Rehabilitation medicine is the specialty that is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation management of people with disabling medical conditions.

Renal medicine

Renal medicine is an exciting specialty offering the challenge of looking after both acutely ill patients and those with a chronic disease requiring long term care with the help of a multidisciplinary team.

Respiratory medicine

The beauty of Respiratory Medicine is its broad scope. There are many different primary pulmonary diseases, and the lung is also involved in many other systemic diseases


Rheumatology is one of the specialities within medicine and retains a very strong reliance on sound clinical skills despite considerable advance in the understanding of the molecular basis of rheumatological disease.