Wessex offers high-quality Rheumatology training in beautiful locations. Our training sites offer a comprehensive training experience, supported by a network of committed educational and clinical supervisors.
Our training days link to the rheumatology curriculum, ensuring a balance of theoretical and more practical knowledge, and the opportunity to get to know other trainees in the region, ensuring that your training will not only equip you to embark on a consultant career, but will be a sociable one as well.
Our aim is to produce doctors who have the skill set to work effectively as Consultant Rheumatologists in the current NHS, and who have had the opportunity to develop specific areas of interest and expertise in their training that further enhance their job satisfactions, and make them competitive at appointment interviews.
Our trainees have an excellent track record in securing consultant posts. All benefit from an excellent training in all aspects of Rheumatology, including: connective tissue disease, inflammatory arthritis, metabolic bone disease and paediatric rheumatology, and many take up opportunities in academic rheumatology.
We provide excellent training at the following hospitals:
Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch
Hampshire Hospitals, Basingstoke & Winchester
Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
All trainees are encouraged to undertake research projects during their training. A small proportion will undertake higher degrees under the supervision of researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (LEU) or other University of Southampton academics.
For more information on this research, please visit the MRC LEU website.
All trainees are encouraged to discuss their research aspirations when they meet the programme director (Professor Elaine Dennison) at induction. This allows us to put each trainee in touch with the right person/people early on in their rotation, to maximise opportunities.
While the MRC LEU hosts a large body of epidemiological research, numerous opportunities also exist for more basic science research, or experience in clinical trial work or systematic reviews.