In addition to the laboratory and clinical training in the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals there are several additional extra training opportunities. A weekly biochemistry meeting, consultant led, is held to discuss educationally interesting cases giving opportunity for feedback and discussion. There are other hospital meetings which can be of relevance.
Twice a year there is a regional biochemistry audit meeting held in Newcastle. More recently a regional training group of medical and scientific trainees has been established with a specific function of working towards the FRCPath examination.
National training courses run by the Association of Clinical Biochemists compliment this and there are other specialty conferences that are relevant. Recently some informal national courses have been held regarding analytical techniques such as spectrophotometry and HPLC and mass spectrometry which give good grounding for those from a non-scientific background. The metabolic medicine curriculum is covered by training days which cover some of the areas of the syllabus. Other national meetings are held in specialist areas such as lipids, bone metabolism, diabetes, inborn errors or metabolism and nutrition. Study leave can be applied for to attend these meetings.