Dr Jeet Thambyrajah - Training Programme Director from 1st October 2016 Jeet Thambyrajah
Mrs Gillian Conway - Specialty Programme Co-ordinator Gillian Conway
The Cardiology Specialist Training programme of Health Education England North East and Cumbria offers comprehensive training opportunities in all aspects of cardiology over five years of training. Training is currently provided through a series of individual attachments in district general hospitals - all in well developed district cardiology departments - and the two specialist training centres, Freeman Hospital (Newcastle) and James Cook University Hospital (Teesside). Cardiac Surgery is performed at Freeman and James Cook University Hospital. Paediatric Cardiology and adult and paediatric Transplant Services are based at the Freeman Hospital. All district hospitals in the programme have a minimum of two full-time consultant cardiologists on site and, in addition to non-invasive test facilities, undertake diagnostic cardiac catheterisation and pacemaker implants for their local populations. Many also have nuclear cardiac imaging and/or magnetic resonance or CT-imaging facilities.
There are currently 36 educationally approved posts on the training programme - at the two specialist centres there are 9 at James Cook and 11 at the Freeman, 2 at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, one each in the District Hospitals of Darlington, Friarage, North Tyneside, Wansbeck, North Durham, N Tees and 2 at Cumberland, Queen Elizabeth, SouthTyneside and Sunderland. At appointment, all trainees are assumed to be dual accrediting in Cardiology and General (Internal) Medicine, but can opt later for accreditation in Cardiology alone, if they so wish, subject to discussion with the Programme Director. Subject to stage of training, specialist registrars typically spend 12-24 months in district hospitals initially followed by broad based cardiology exposure at a specialist centre. During the last two years of training, opportunities are available to undertake the sub-specialty training in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Cardiac electrophysiology and Device therapy or Cardiac Imaging, but this may be subject to competitive selection. Progression from year to year of training is dependent on demonstrating evidence of satisfactory progress at an annual formal Annual Review of Competance and Progression (ARCP).
There are active post-graduate education centres at each hospital, offering a range of weekly educational meetings, library and electronic database access. In addition, Cardiology trainees are required to attend a minumum of 70% of the specific training sessions, both in cardiology and general medicine in the course of their training.
Trainees are also encouraged to be research-active throughout their training and to undertake a formal period of research, subject to securing appropriate research funding