Training is mainly delivered at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital. Registrars start in September each year and the first three years are spent in core training which prepares the trainees for the various parts of the FRCR exam. Every trainee receives constant support from an educational supervisor who looks after a maximum of two trainees at various levels of seniority.
The first 4-5 months are mainly spent preparing for the FRCR Part 1 examination. The initial two weeks include a general introduction and familiarisation with the department. Thereafter, trainees will commence on a 3-monthly rotations in various specialties (see table below), as well as attending various teaching sessions.
|Chest||Dr Nuala Kennan|
|Cross-sectional||Dr James Cast|
|Musculoskeletal||Dr Navnit Kumar|
|Nuclear Medicine/ Mammography||Dr Ged Avery/ Dr Ayesha Rahman|
|Head and Neck||Dr Chris Rowland Hill|
|Interventional||Dr Vivek Shrivastava|
|Paediatrics||Dr David Horton|
|Acute Imaging||Dr Corinna Hauff|
|Urology and Gynaecology||Dr Oliver Byass/ Dr Anne-Marie Coady|
|Ultrasound||Dr Nuala Kennan|
|District General Hospital||Dr Richard Mannion/ Dr Marcus Nichols|
During each attachment, trainees will obtain hands-on practical experience in all radiological techniques, and yet remain under close Consultant supervision. Each training block is made up of 5 or 6 sessions devoted to that particular sub-specialty, with 2 sessions for study and research. The remaining sessions will include supervised plain film reporting, general screening and ultrasound.
HIGHER SPECIALTY TRAINING
The fourth and fifth years are devoted to higher radiological training. During this period each trainee will have a six month attachment in a district general hospital, either York or Scarborough District Hospital, to experience all aspects of radiology as performed in a busy well equipped district general hospital. Some degree of personal choice will determine the exact composition of this attachment, but the attachment is intended to provide a wide experience of general radiology.
Trainees will complete their training through further attachments which will be tailored, as far as possible, to the specialist interests of each trainee. They should expect to develop considerable experience and have significant responsibility. There are two additional LETB funded posts in interventional radiology, from year 4 to 6. This allows built-in 6th year interventional training for CCT in interventional radiology.
At the end of Year 5 trainees will be eligible to apply for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). At this stage they will be expected to apply for Consultant posts. Rotations at this stage will be determined by individual consultation with the Training Programme Director, the College Tutor for the appropriate Hospital, and relevant Consultants.
To facilitate the smooth running of the training programme and to ensure good communication between consultant trainers and trainees, training meetings are held at 3 months intervals. These meetings provide a platform for both trainers and trainees to bring forward issues directly related to training and to reach a mutually agreed resolution. Trainees have repeatedly commended the provision of such interaction with the trainers. In addition, the process of organisation of these meetings provides senior trainees with valuable management experience.
My name is Tim Guest, a 4th year in radiology on the Hull and East Yorkshire Training Scheme. Having passed the final FRCR 2b at the start of this year, I am now a specialist higher trainee in GI radiology.
On the Hull and East Yorkshire training scheme there is ample opportunity to pursue individual training interests, with a heavy emphasis on one-to-one teaching and training from a dedicated team of consultant radiologists. This has allowed me to tailor my training to include all aspects of diagnostic GI radiology, abdominal intervention and endoscopic ultrasound.
The scheme runs formal teaching sessions throughout the week. There is a dedicated half- day for teaching, audit & research and regular departmental teaching, as well as pan- deanery training days. Trainees from Hull and East Yorkshire regularly present at national and international conferences, supported by funding from the deanery and we are encouraged to participate in teaching of medical students and junior doctors.
Our training is largely based at Hull University Teaching Hospitals and this allows stability and formation of strong working relationships. There are also opportunities to spend time at York Teaching Hospital and in larger centres regionally which offer additional speciality- specific training
Yorkshire is a great place to live – an abundance of outdoor pursuits and thriving historic urban centres, combined with a relatively low cost of living and good transport links, make it the ideal base for trainee doctors, a large proportion of whom choose to stay in the region as consultants.
I have very much enjoyed my training to date and would highly recommend the East Yorkshire Training Scheme to any budding future radiologists.
There is no on-call commitment in the first nine months of training.
During the second year, trainees progress to provide first on-call cover either from 5pm-9pm, 9pm-9am, or 9am-9pm for radiological emergencies, with cover by Consultants on 4 separate on-call rotas for General, Vascular, Non-vascular and Neuroradiology available in Hull. Higher trainees at attachments in hospitals outside Hull are expected to be on-call at these hospitals with consultant cover.