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Speciality: Urology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/510

The West of Scotland training programme is a decoupled specialty training programme providing training in Urological Surgery from ST3 – ST7.  Entry is via UK national selection.  There are currently 14 STRs in the programme as of 2015-16.  The programme provides broad experience in all aspects of both core and subspecialty urology and an active teaching curriculum. 

Placements are for one year with a balance between district general hospitals and Glasgow teaching hospitals with tertiary subspecialty activity.  There are seven placement options –

Gartnavel General Hospital

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Forth Valley Royal Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow

Lanarkshire (Monklands, Wishaw and Hairmyres Hospitals)

University Hospital, Ayr

Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley

 

Some additional activities (outpatients, day lists and emergency receiving) also take place at other sites in Glasgow – Royal Infirmary, Victoria Infirmary and Stobhill Hospital.

In the early years of training, trainees get exposure to core urological procedures such as endoscopic management of bladder and prostate disease, ureteroscopic management of calculi and management of genital disease.  As they gain experience, exposure to more complex areas of urological surgery occurs, such as pelvic and renal oncology, complex endo-urology, female and reconstruction, andrology and retroperitoneal disease.

There is an active monthly protected teaching programme.  There is a mixture of trainee delivered and consultant delivered sessions.  Additional link ups with the East coast rotation occurs for two national teaching days every year.  The teaching programme also includes simulation for teaching of practical skills as well as the inclusion of human factors and non-technical skills.

All Trainees are encouraged and indeed expected to perform audit and research leading to publication or presentation on a national basis.  There are excellent opportunities to be involved in the urology research programme at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, directed by Professor Hing Leung.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

The West of Scotland Urology Training Programme offers an ideal training environment in a particularly beautiful part of the UK. The programme benefits from having access to both city centre teaching hospitals and large peripheral units offering the complete range of urological training.  Within the programme there are national referral centres for Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection, Spinal Neuromodulation, Spinal Injuries and Prostatic Cryotherapy.  There are tertiary referral centres for Complex Renal Cancer Surgery, Penile Cancer, Urethral Surgery, Lower Urinary Tract Reconstruction, and Andrology.  In addition, there are sub-specialty interests in Laparoscopic Surgery, Endo-urology, Pelvic oncology and Female urology.  Opportunities for sub-specialty development are therefore excellent. 

There is a very active programme of research based at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research and there are currently two academic trainees in the programme who have produced work of international quality.  The programme has links to international centres of excellent which provide opportunities for OOP experience. 

The teaching programme consistently scores highly in trainee surveys and the programme has had a 100% pass rate in the final FRCS Urol examination for many years.  Geographically the area covered by the programme is small and trainees can live in Glasgow and easily commute to all the peripheral sites.  The size of the programme is also ideal in that the Training Programme Director can easily be familiar with all the trainees in post and respond quickly and effectively to any problems.  The West of Scotland contains stunningly beautiful areas such as Loch Lomond and the Firth of Clyde which are a very short distance from Glasgow and the Forth Valley section of the rotation allows easy access to historic areas such as Stirling and Edinburgh.

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

University Hospital Ayr, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Gartnavel General, Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, University Hospital Hairmyres, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley , The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , University Hospital Wishaw

Gartnavel General Hospital

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow

Lanarkshire (Monklands, Wishaw and Hairmyres Hospitals)

Forth Valley Royal Hospital

University Hospital Ayr

Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office West of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alastair McLellan
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Mr Dominique Byrne
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Joint Committee on Surgical Training (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/postgraduate/urology.asp
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Fiona Fourie
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, 102 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DN
Tel: 0131 656 3470
Email: Fiona.Fourie@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Mr Craig Mcilhenny
Address: Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Stirling Road, Larbert FK5 4WR
Tel:
Email: c.mcilhenny@nhs.net
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