Opportunities for HEE NE Trainees – 2021/22 Academic Year


Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the HEE NE-FAIMER-Keele collaboration is now paused with no new application cycle in 2021/22. We hope in the future, this offer can re-commence or otherwise launch an alternative collaboration which will present an exciting international opportunity for HEE NE trainees.

In the meantime, we are delighted to announce limited places on alternative HEE NE funded opportunities which current trainees can apply for:


University of Sunderland – Medical Education PgCert

Studies for the Certificate will commence the first week of October 2021.

Questions/enquiries can be directed to chris.tiplady@sunderland.ac.uk


Newcastle University – Medical Education PgCert

Studies for the Certificate will commence 1 September 2021.

Details of the specific modules that successful trainee applicants will undertake can be found here.

Questions/enquiries can be directed to richard.price@newcastle.ac.uk


Please note, these opportunities are intended for current HEE NE trainees to undertake whilst continuing with their training at the same time. They are pre-dominantly ‘distance learning’ in nature, but please ensure before applying that you have checked any specific face to face elements/dates and (if successful) book required study leave, etc.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. At the start of studies, an applicant must be a current doctor or dentist in training (CT1/ST1 level or higher) within the North East and North Cumbria. We are not currently accepting applications from doctors who will be either F1 or F2 at the time of studies starting.
  2. As part of the application, trainees must have an appropriate statement of support from their Training Programme Director (TPD) or Head of School (HOS) (or equivalent) confirming that they are in a position to and have the appropriate support to undertake the course.


This opportunity at present is for a place on the Certificate year only. Once underway, the cohorts will be contacted to ask for expressions of interest to continue into a subsequent year(s) of studies for Diploma/Masters. Should they be making the required academic progress, we aim to enable individuals to move onto the subsequent year(s), however, we are reliant on funding so cannot guarantee anything until our budgets have been confirmed in each specific year. For individuals who, by the start of Diploma and/or Masters, have completed their training and are working in HEE NE region as a Consultant/GP, etc, we would usually still support these applications where budgets permit.

As per the eligibility requirements, FP doctors are not eligible to apply through this route. Specifically for FP, however, we continue to have the opportunity for a small number of incoming FP doctors to commence an academic qualification in their F2 Year. This is part of the ‘Foundation Priority Programmes’ on offer within HEE NE.

Please contact the Northern Foundation School for more information via this route:



For further enquiries please contact Gemma.Crackett@hee.nhs.uk (HEE NE Head of Function for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education).


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