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Speciality: Rheumatology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/405

Rheumatology has rapidly developed and has made its presence known on the map over the last 10 years. It is a broad specialty which encompasses a wide variety of inflammatory, autoimmune and degenerative disorders.  Most departments within the rotation have specialist clinics relating to the main themes of inflammatory arthritis; early arthritis; anti-TNFx clinics, Psoriatic arthritis; Spondyloarthropathies; Connective Tissue Diseases.  Furthermore, there are more specialist clinics such as Amyloid, Sports Medicine and Ultrasound Clinics, Paediatric and Bone Metabolism. These clinics allow trainees to identify a particular interest and expertise in a specific aspect of Rheumatology.  There is exposure to acute rheumatological presentations e.g. acute arthritides, vasculitides etc., through General Medical receiving and intra specialty referrals.  Most departments have active multidisciplinary teams which the trainees will actively participate in.  As trainees progress they are encouraged to become increasingly independent clinicians knowing that senior support is readily available in difficult cases.

Glasgow has become a Centre of Excellence in Rheumatology.

Rheumatology in the West of Scotland is a compact specialty which generates a collegiate atmosphere between senior and junior colleagues.  It is noted for being a friendly and approachable specialty with a wide variety of training and research opportunities available.  On the West of Scotland Rheumatology Training Programme, trainees achieve dual accreditation at the end of their training in both General (Internal) Medicine and Rheumatology.

Trainees rotate annually between Rheumatology Departments based both in city centre teaching hospitals and District General Hospitals.  Most attachments involve a commitment to General Medical receiving, as part of General (Internal) Medicine, and a combination of Rheumatology and General Medicine inpatient care.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

There is an active regional CPD programme, as well as Regular  National SpR Training Days. Trainees are expected to participate fully in these. There are ample opportunities to participate in audit, and attendance at national conferences is strongly encouraged. Trainees will also be encouraged to become involved in undergraduate teaching, as there are strong links with the University of Glasgow Medical School.

There is a vibrant clinical academic Rheumatology department in Glasgow led by Professor Iain McInnes. Glasgow is one of six Arthritis Research UK Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centres in the UK, is the Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for RA research, and is a EULAR centre of excellence.   There are plentiful opportunities for all specialist trainees to take part in clinical and laboratory research with trainees having the opportunity to spend up to 3 years Out of Programme to complete an MD or PhD thesis.  Trainees who are interested on embarking on such a programme are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Ian McInnes at at the earliest opportunity.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Gartnavel General, Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley , The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, University Hospital Wishaw

Royal Infirmary, Glasgow                                                                                              Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow                                                                                    Western Infirmary, Glasgow                                                                                                Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow
Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow
Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride
Wishaw General Hospital, Wishaw
Ayr Hospital, Ayr
Inverclyde Hospital, Greenock
Southern General Hospital, Glasgow
Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert
Monkands Hospital, Airdrie
Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock
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) Dr David Marshall
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 Park
Address: NHS Education for Scotland West Region 2 Central Quay 89 Hydepark Street Glasgow G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Sandeep Bawa
Address: Gartnavel General Hospital
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