Internal Medicine Training



Welcome to Internal Medicine Training in the North East and Cumbria. We aim to provide useful information to potential future and current Internal Medicine trainees, Medical Trainers and all others interested in the Internal Medicine training opportunities in NHS England – Education North East.  We hope you will find this website a useful resource.


Training Programme Director - Dr Anita Jones

Training Programme Director - Dr Jane Wallace

Training Programme Director - Dr Ben Prudon

Programme Support Officer - Laura West

People Services (Lead Employer Trust) -


About Internal Medicine Training

IMT (stage 1) is a three-year programme which provide doctors with the skills needed to manage patients presenting with a wide range of general medical symptoms and conditions. Experience in intensive care medicine, geriatric medicine and outpatients will be mandated and trainees will receive simulation training throughout the programme. Holistic decisions on progress will be made for the fourteen high level capabilities in practice (CiPs) using the professional judgement of appropriately trained, expert assessors.


Trainees must complete IMT and acquire the full MRCP(UK) Diploma to enter specialty training at ST3 (Group 2) or ST4 (Group 1).


The curriculum of your Internal Medicine Training will involve a learner centred approach with the use of ePortfolio. With ePortfolio and the support of your Educational Supervisor, you can set learning goals, have reflective learning and personal development.

Your curriculum will be spiralled, and capability based. A spiralled curriculum means topics are revisited with increasing levels of difficulty, new learning is related to previous learning and the capability of the trainee increases. This is beneficial as you will be constantly gaining new knowledge and expanding upon old knowledge. There are also benefits of a capability-based curriculum because you will have clearly defined standards required for good medical practice and formal assessments all within your ePortfolio.

You will also experience strong supervision as well as appraisal meetings with your supervisor. You will have regular supervised learning events using a variety of assessment methods. 

If you wish for more information on Internal Medicine training, please view the Internal Medicine Training Overview section.


Completion of IMT stage 1:

Upon successful completion of IMT stage 1, trainees may progress to IMT stage 2 dual accrediting with a group 1 specialty or single accreditation in a group 2 specialty.

Group 1 specialties are the main specialties supporting acute hospital care and the majority of training opportunities are in these specialties. IMT will comprise the first three years post-foundation training (IMT stage 1) followed by competitive entry into a group 1 specialty plus internal medicine (dual CCT). An indicative 12 months of internal medicine will be integrated with specialty training in a dual programme. The overall duration of the training programmes will be detailed in each specialty curricula. 


Group 1 specialties: Acute Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus, Gastroenterology, Genitourinary Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Infectious Diseases (except when dual with Medical Microbiology or Virology), Neurology, Palliative Medicine, Renal Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Rheumatology.


A number of specialties managed by JRCPTB will continue to deliver non-acute, primarily outpatient-based services and will not dual train in internal medicine. These specialties will recruit into ST3 posts from IMY2 but trainees who have completed the full three year IMT programme will not be precluded from applying for group 2 specialty training. Alternative core training pathways may be accepted for some group 2 specialties and will be defined in the relevant curricula and person specifications. The indicative duration of the training programmes will be detailed in each specialty curricula. 

Group 2 specialties: Allergy, Audio vestibular Medicine, Aviation & Space Medicine, Clinical Genetics, Clinical Neurophysiology, Dermatology, Haematology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases (when dual with Medical Microbiology or Virology), Medical Ophthalmology, Nuclear Medicine, Paediatric Cardiology, Pharmaceutical Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical Oncology and Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Information for Current Trainees

Access essential information on regulations, study leave, certification, assessment and the curriculum.

Information for trainers and educators

Development and guidance on becoming a trainer, standards for trainers, essential documentation for clinical and educational supervision including guidance for GP trainers,  Trust and out-of-hours supervisors, plus news about the latest courses and conferences.


Potential Applicant

Visit our Recruitment website to find out what it's like to be a GP trainee in the north east and north Cumbria.