South Yorkshire Programme.

This is a 4 year training programme designed to provide comprehensive specialist training in dermatology based on the JRCPTB Generic and Specialty Curricula for Dermatology. Entry is at ST3.

There are currently 6 posts, all based at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with specialist Paediatric Dermatology provided at Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Trainees usually spend three years in Sheffield and one year at district general hospitals.The latter currently comprises two 6-month attachments, 3 days per week, at two of Barnsley, Rotherham, Chesterfield or Doncaster. The other 2 days per week are spent in Sheffield for on call duties, research, audit and educational activities.

As well as a broad training in inpatient, outpatient and emergency general dermatology, the programme offers training in all the major sub-specialties including dermatopathology, contact & occupational dermatology, phototherapy, paediatric dermatology, advanced dermatological surgery including Moh’s, skin oncology and vulval disease. Specialist clinical and research interests in the region include contact dermatitis, hair disease, hypnotherapy, severe inflammatory skin disease, laser, phototherapy, skin cancer, transplant dermatology, urticaria, vitiligo and vulval diseases. Nurse-led clinics include acne, biologics, diagnostic biopsies, dressings, drug monitoring, eczema & psoriasis, leg ulcers, phototherapy, iontophoresis and latex allergy. Short clinical attachments to other departments are available including the allergy unit, clinical genetics, GU medicine, laser, oral medicine, photo-investigation and primary care. There are established training links with Nottingham, Leicester, Leeds and Manchester.

There is an active Postgraduate educational programme including a monthly regional postgraduate clinical meeting, journal club, histopathology teaching, seminars, educational visits, audit, clinical governance, research meetings and visiting speakers. Regional Training Days are held twice per year in conjunction with Nottingham and Leicester. Trainees attend North of England and Royal Society of Medicine Section of Dermatology meetings regularly. Study leave is available for relevant courses or meetings.

There is a diversity of research interests in the department and links with several other departments and the Division of Genomic Medicine at the University of Sheffield. Trainees will be expected to develop an understanding of the principles of research, scientific writing and critical evaluation. Dedicated time for research is available and trainees will be expected to prepare and complete work for presentation and publication. Research may be clinical or laboratory based or in some other allied field. Membership of the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network is encouraged. Trainees wishing to take time out of programme, for example to pursue a higher degree, would be encouraged.

Skills in clinical audit, teaching and management are developed throughout training. There is an active Regional Clinical Audit Programme and trainees are expected to complete an audit project each year. Trainees will teach clinical students of the University of Sheffield. There are opportunities to take on leadership roles such as trainee representative.

Trainees are encouraged to take a proactive approach to planning and organising their training in conjunction with their educational supervisors. The relatively small number of trainees on the programme allows flexibility, particularly in the later stages of training, facilitating the development of individual clinical, research, educational or leadership interests.

Dr Sarah Cockayne
June 2012

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