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Speciality: Paediatrics

Programme Description
GMC Reference: EOS/487

GMC Reference: EOS/487

Why choose this programme

There are 4 programs in Scotland providing geographically clustered placements. The programs are Deanery based but are nationally coordinated via a training committee with representation from each of the four Deaneries. This ensures that all 4 paediatric training programs in Scotland provide equity of training and a comprehensive package for all trainees. The East of Scotland program offers paediatric specialist training based within the East of Scotland deanery with a rotational element involving placements in South East Scotland.

The East of Scotland training programme offers excellent training opportunities whether you aspire to become a general paediatrician or a sub-specialist. It has a proven track record supporting successful application of trainees to the national paediatric subspecialty training grid, supporting local grid trainees, supporting future general paediatricians in developing areas of special expertise and in supporting trainees’ academic aspirations. While it is one of the smaller deaneries, this has the advantage of allowing trainees to be well known to the training consultants, enhancing training opportunities.

Specialty Information

Training in the East of Scotland Paediatric training program is provided in Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells and the University of Dundee , the regional centre for Dundee, Perthshire, Angus and North East Fife, at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, a District General Hospital in Larbert and in placements predominantly within South East Scotland in paediatric intensive care at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and in tertiary neonatology at the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health in the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Rotation between the East and South East Deaneries and across clinical settings, including both hospital and community placements, provides a robust breadth of experience and training opportunities.

The programme has locally supported trainees in national subspecialty grid training within Neonatology and Neurology and can also offer subspecialty training in Community Child Health. Trainees can undertake SPIN modules in a further broad range of subspecialties in addition to comprehensive training in general paediatrics.

Opportunities for academic fellow/lecturer posts, provided in co-operation with the University of Dundee, exist within this program (currently 2 posts) and continue to be developed.

Tayside region has a population of around 400 000, and is rich in history, tradition and culture. Dundee is the principal city, situated on the north bank of the River Tay. Dundee has a wealth of arts and culture including the new V&A museum of art and design. It has wonderful opportunities for outdoor pursuits in the nearby coasts and mountains and it enjoys a dry and sunny climate. It is conveniently near the three other large cities in Scotland – Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Good road / rail links exist between Dundee and the other locations in this program with a maximum commuting time of around 1 and a half hours from Dundee.

Tayside Children’s Hospital and the University Division of Maternal and Child Health Sciences facilities opened in 2006. They are situated on the Ninewells Hospital campus, a purpose-built hospital and medical school complex overlooking the Firth of Tay. The children’s ward includes 42 medical paediatric beds, including a 6 bed high dependency unit and a paediatric surgical area. There is a short stay ambulatory unit, a clinical investigation unit, a paediatric surgical day case ward and a 21 cot level 3 neonatal intensive care unit. There are extensive general and specialist outpatient clinics and a Child Development Centre at Perth Royal Infirmary and a newly built regional Child Development Centre in Kings Cross, Dundee housing community medical teams and therapy staff. Multi-agency safeguarding services for Dundee are based at Seymour House, Kings Cross, a purpose built facility with police, medical and social work staff.  

Complimentary DGH level experience is acquired through placements at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert. Paediatrics at Forth Valley Royal Hospital has a newly built paediatric ward, a paediatric short stay assessment area and a level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as comprehensive Community Child Health services. The subspecialty interests represented in the department include respiratory paediatrics/cystic fibrosis, endocrinology/diabetes, neurology/paediatric headache, child protection & social paediatrics, neurodisability and complex care.

The first two years of training are focused on fixed general paediatric and neonatal rotations, including a 4 month paediatric out patient block.  Rotations from ST3 –ST5 are designed to ensure trainees develop good middle grade skills and include rotations through acute general paediatrics, NICU, district general working and CCH. There may be some opportunity for a specialist rotation to meet specific trainee requirements. ST6-8 rotations are designed to develop consultant level working skills either as a general paediatrician, a paediatrician with an interest (through SPIN training) or specialist training (combined neurology and neonatology GRID programs with Edinburgh/ Glasgow or stand-alone CCH GRID training). The order and combination of placements may vary for individual trainees from ST3- ST8 depending on training requirements.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Dundee Medical School has an international reputation for medical education, with a current annual intake of 180 medical students. Child Health is the academic arm of Tayside Children’s Hospital, with the function of delivering and supervising an academic and teaching programme for the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside. Current research interests and opportunities centre on medical education, children’s diabetes, respiratory disease, epilepsy, public health/epidemiology, pharmaco-vigilance and paediatric clinical trials through the Tayside Paediatric Clinical Research Facility, supported by the Tayside Academic Health Sciences Centre and the Scottish Medicines for Children Research Network. There are direct links with the Division of Translational Medicine which has programmes in diabetes, early human development, the molecular basis of cystic fibrosis and health quality, safety & informatics.

Trainees at level 2 (ST4-5) undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Child Health awarded by Glasgow University.  This course is mapped to the level 2 curriculum and is offered to all level 2 trainees.  This can be followed by further modules to complete a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. 

Where is the training delivered?
This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:

Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, 50 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SF, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Tayside Childrens Hospital, Ninewells

This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:

Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells, Dundee; Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Larbert, Perth Royal Infirmary, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, 50 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SF, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Tayside Children’s Hospital @ Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee

Forth Valley Royal Infirmary, Larbert

Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

Simpson’s Centre for Reproductive Health, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh

Community Child Health/ Child Development Centres, NHS Tayside

Child and Family Psychiatry, Centre for Child Health, Dundee

Community Child Health, NHS Forth Valley

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office North of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alan Denison
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Tom Fardon
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
'Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Jennifer Dick, Training Programme Administrator
Address: NHS Education for Scotland Forest Grove House Foresterhill Road Aberdeen AB25 2ZP
Tel: 01224 805129
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Alice Jollands
Address: Dr Alice Jollands, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist Tayside Children's Hospital Ninewells Hospital Dundee DD1 9SY
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