Workforce, training and education
Yorkshire and Humber

How Your School Works

We cater for trainees in all of the medical specialties from the end of Foundation (CT1) through to the completion of training and the acquisition of their CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training). 

A message from the Head of School - Dr Stephen Bianchi  

As well as being a Respiratory Physician in Sheffield I am Head of School (HoS) for Health Education England in Yorkshire and the Humber School of Medicine. There is a local Deputy HoS in each area – Dr Anna Shrimpton and Professor Sunil Bhandari.

We are one of the largest Schools in the UK and with approximately fifty training programmes we are able to provide comprehensive training across the whole range of specialties, as well as catering for individual requirements.  Rotation between hospitals is important to broaden clinical experience, and we generally aim to provide rotations between smaller and more peripheral hospitals as well as the larger, central teaching hospitals.

Rotations are usually confined to one of the three localities, which mean that trainees are not normally required to change their location, and travel is usually no more than one hour. Accommodation is very affordable in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Three of the region’s Universities are rated in the UK Top 30 (The Complete University Guide 2017) and our excellent links with the Universities in our region, offers you the opportunity to pursue research and academic studies.

Health Education England has supported the development of intensive PACES courses (with mock examinations) in each locality, with excellent trainee feedback. It has also invested large sums of money (in excess of £20m) in the provision of Clinical Skills Centres in all of our largest hospitals, with a full range of simulation equipment. You will benefit from this state-of-the-art equipment during your training. 

I look forward to welcoming you to Yorkshire and the Humber and encourage you to contact me if there is anything you would like to discuss via the Programme Support Team at


Our Responsibilities

Schools have been established around the country, to work in liaison with the Royal Colleges and the hospital trusts, to deliver the new curricula to the highest possible standard (monitored by the GMC).

Our structure includes Training Programme Directors (TPDs) for each medical specialty, who chairs Training Committees containing representatives from each hospital, plus trainee representatives. We have a forum that brings together all of these trainee representatives on a regular basis to meet with the School Officers and Administrators, more fully described in our 'Trainee' section.

The training is underpinned by our induction, Appraisal and Annual Review (ARCP), together with workplace-based assessments and use of the e-portfolio. We consider this website to be a vital link in the communication between the School and our trainees (about one thousand in total!), and we hope that you will enjoy exploring some of our pages.