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Speciality: Rheumatology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: NOS/861

GMC Reference: NOS/861
Rheumatology training is provided in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) on the Foresterhill site of Aberdeen. There are six NHS rheumatologists, one professor of Rheumatology/Translational Medicine and one Senior Clinical lecturer. Subspecialty clinics include connective tissue disease, vasculitis, metabolic bone disease and DXA service, ankylosing spondylitis, paediatric and adolescent rheumatology and musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKU). There are two ultrasound machines and regular monthly ultrasound lists provided by 3 consultant rheumatologists. Two of the consultants in the department are level II European certified sonographers (EFSUMB), and tutors/examiners of MSKU within SRUG (Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group). There is a Nurse-led early arthritis clinic with access to all rheumatology AHPs. Trainees undertake general rheumatology training with exposure to all subspecialty clinics. Peripheral clinics are mainly delivered by consultants monthly for Elgin and every other month for Orkney, with plans to provide a consultant-led service to Shetland from 2018. The department has a teleconference facility to run outreach clinics from Aberdeen to Orkney and Shetland.  Nurse-led Biologics clinics are run for regular assessment of patients on Biologic therapy. The department has a busy day case unit for biologic therapies and IV Zoledronate infusions. The Rheumatology Multidisciplinary Team includes 2 Physiotherapists, 2 Occupational Therapists, a highly specialist podiatrist and part time Clinical Psychologist. Trainees are involved in looking after rheumatology inpatients at Ward 110 in the Emergency Care Centre and ward referrals from other parts of the hospital. They also look after patients attending the day case unit if there is a clinical need and provide an office hours’ rheumatology on call service. This service is supported by one or two Rheumatology Speciality Trainee (s) with cover by the consultant of the day. Training in GIM is provided in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, a busy District General Hospitals with excellent learning opportunities and very positive feedback from Trainees.   

About Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a vibrant city with lots of modern as well as historic interests and recreational facilities. Aberdeenshire has a lot for those who like the countryside and outdoor life.  Aberdeen International Airport is located 5 miles from ARI with flights to all European destinations. Aberdeen has excellent road and rail networks to the other areas of Scotland. The quality of life in Aberdeen and the Shire is excellent with easy access to sport and leisure as well as world-renowned golf facilities.


Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

The University of Aberdeen Medical and Dental Schools are located in the main Foresterhill site with close links to the NHS Department of Rheumatology. The Bone and Joint Research Programme in Aberdeen has been awarded a EULAR Centre of Excellence 2010-2015 and re-awarded the same for 2015-2020. There are opportunities for research for candidates who wish to have this as part of their career. The Department of Rheumatology takes an active part in teaching undergraduate medical students. Students rotate to the department on a weekly basis and attend outpatient clinics, biologics service and physiotherapy and occupational therapy suite. There are regular rheumatology tutorials in ARI and annual programme of rheumatology lectures and podcasts in the University of Aberdeen. North of Scotland Deanery is located on the main Foresterhill site. 


Postgraduate teaching and CPD


Trainees attend the weekly postgraduate rheumatology seminar, monthly departmental radiology meetings, 6 monthly rheumatology-pathology conference, and are strongly encouraged to attend the weekly hospital medical meeting (grand round). In addition, trainees are encouraged/supported to attend at least 4 out of 6 national training activities per year including the Rheumatology Specialty Trainees days in Perth (x4 per year) and the trainee sessions at the Scottish Society for Rheumatology meetings (x2 per year).


Where the training is delivered

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

Rheumatology - Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

GIM – Raigmore Hospital, Inverness or Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin


Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office North of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alastair McLellan
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Marion Slater
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Zoe Whitehill
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, West of Scotland Region 2 Central Quay 89 Hydepark Street Glasgow G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 223 1489
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Hazem Youssef
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