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 Health Education England, North East.  We hope you will find this website a useful resource.


Training Programme Director - Dr Anita Jones

Training Programme Director - Dr Jane Wallace

Specialty Programme Coordinator - Laura West

HR Officer (Lead Employer Trust) - Nicola Morton


 About Internal Medicine Training

IMT will be a three year programme which will prepare doctors to become a medical registrar and provide them 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 IM3 or 4.

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

You will have six to eight placements over a timespan of two or three years, however some individuals may have more or less than this amount. In this time, you must have completed one of your placements with direct involvement in the acute medical take.  

The curriculum of your Internal Medicine Training will involve a learner centered 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 spiraled and competency based. A spiraled curriculum means topics are revisited with increasing levels of difficulty, new learning is related to previous learning and the competence 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 competency 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 work-based assessments using a variety of assessment methods. 


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

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 followed by competitive entry into a group 1 specialty plus internal medicine (dual CCT). An indicative 12 months of internal medicine will be intergrated 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 and Tropical Medicine. 

Medical Oncology - discussions are ongoing regarding this specialty

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, Audiovestibular 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 and Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Medical Oncology - discussions are ongoing regarding this specialty 



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.