The South Yorkshire Rheumatology training programme is centred around Sheffield, where there are departments at both the Royal Hallamshire and the Northern General Hospitals. We have 5 trainees, rotating between the Sheffield hospitals, Rotherham Hospital and Doncaster/Bassetlaw Hospitals. Trainees spend a minimum of 2 years at the Sheffield hospitals.

Our programme gives dual accreditation in Rheumatology & GIM. In general, one year will be spent doing high intensity general medicine at Doncaster Hospital, and two years doing lower intensity general medicine either at Doncaster or Rotherham hospitals.

We have close links with the academic unit of Infection & Immunity, University of Sheffield and encourage our trainees to develop an academic interest. We also offer clinically based projects within connective tissue disease, general rheumatology and paediatric & adolescent rheumatology.

If trainees have an academic interest, their educational supervisor will offer advice, and signpost them to the most appropriate colleague to help support their research.

Across the region, we are a young and dynamic Rheumatology team, and bring clinical and academic experience from across the UK & abroad. We have a regular Thursday afternoon postgraduate education programme which maps to the JRCPTB Rheumatology curriculum. Our trainees take a lead role in preparing topics and arranging internal and external speakers for these afternoons. We also run a programme of Regional Rounds. In addition, our registrars join the East Midlands trainees for approximately 8 training days per year.


South Yorkshire Induction Handbook


Useful contacts

Training Programme Director

Dr Lisa Dunkley
Consultant Rheumatologist & TPD Rheumatology (S Yorks)
Royal Hallamshire Hospital
Secretary 0114 271 1936
Office 0114 271 1944

SpR Representative on STC

Dr Ruth Smith


Useful links

JRCPTB Rheumatology


British Society for Rheumatology


Midlands Rheumatology Society