Cardiology Specialty Profile


Why choose Cardiology?

Cardiology is an expanding specialty with highly effective evidence-based treatments which are supported by NICE guidance. As a career, it appeals to highly motivated doctors who thrive on a combination of diagnostic challenge and practical procedures but there are also highly rewarding less “invasive” career paths.

We have one of the largest Cardiology training programmes in the country with 36 posts. The first 2 years of Core Cardiology Training (ST3-4) are spent in one of our ten district hospitals while ST5 and sub-specialty training (ST6-7) is split between the two major cardiothoracic centres in the region, the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

As a trainee what can I expect from my training programme?

The size of our programme offers multiple advantages for training. We appoint between 6 and 8 new trainees each year and we strongly encourage Out of Programme research and experience. The region offers all aspects of Cardiology training from primary PCI, to Valve Intervention, Cardiac MRI to 3D Echocardiography, Community Heart Failure Clinics to Adult and Paediatric Cardiac Transplantation and VAD Implantation, high-volume CRT Implantation to unstable VT Ablation.

There is an excellent induction programme for new ST3s including a day of simulation in Echo, Pacing and Vascular access using state-of-the-art computer controlled equipment and one-to-one supervision. Our taught programme runs monthly around the region and includes topics which are rare or difficult to cover in daily practice. We fully support less than full time training and currently have a number of trainees working less than full time.

What our trainees say:

“I love my job as it’s a perfect blend of a traditional physician’s knowledge and surgeon’s skill.”


“There are a large number of hospitals in the region and you get the chance to work in most of them. This allows you to pick the best aspects of practice from each and forge your own way of working. It gives you the chance to spend time in different places and experience what they have to offer outside of work.”

Current vacancy information    (links to HEE website recruitment page) 

To find out more about our region and Trusts please visit the Find Your Place website.


Information for Current Trainees

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Information for trainers and educators

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Potential Applicant

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