Who we are: Radiology Training Faculty
Training Programme Director: Dr Arif Syed (Arif.email@example.com)
College Tutors: Dr Amrita Bajaj, Dr Jan Brozik, Dr Yvette Griffin
CMG Education lead: Dr Will Adair
Head of School of Radiology East Midlands: Dr Arumugum Rajesh
Junior Doctors Administrator: Mrs Helen Lee (Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Radiology Training in University Hospitals of Leicester
The radiology programme at UHL forms the south component of HEE -East Midlands, and is a recognised training site approved by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR). Consistent with the RCR curriculum, it runs over 5 to 6 years for diagnostic and interventional radiology respectively. We are proud of the training that we offer with our partner hospitals in the region and consistently score well in the GMC national survey. A particular recent highlight to our education provision is a new Radiology Academy (DREaM Academy), providing a dispersed networked model of training across the region with sites at Leicester General Hospital and the Royal Derby Hospital. Future expansion will include Nottingham University Hospitals and potentially other DGHs. This will allow us to concentrate the best trainers, and training resources, through the region to provide fantastic learning opportunities for our trainees.
A summary of the training programme in the East Midlands (South) -more information can be found at https://www.eastmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk/radiology/radiology
ST1: The year starts in August and entails 6 rotations of two month blocks across Leicester and Derby. There are two half days allocated for FRCR Part 1 teaching where there is scheduled teaching in the new DReAM Academy in Leicester General Hospital.
On calls start in November where you are with an ST2 and two senior registrars. You are expected to help out with phone calls, vetting scans and reporting scans, all to understand the running of acute radiology and learn some of the acute pathologies.
You are encouraged to sit FRCR Part 1 exams in March, however there are three options for this throughout the year. There is also an internal trauma exam at the end of the year where you assessed on acute trauma plain films.
ST2: This year includes 4 rotations of 3 months each across Leicester and Derby. You remain on the junior on call rota with the support of two seniors. You are expected to be more engaging during hours and on call hours with proactive reporting, vetting and phone queries. You are also expected to help/guide the ST1 when they start joining you.
If you have not completed the FRCR Part 1, you will be expected to retake it in this year. There are no official exams this year however you will take a plain film ‘exam’ to assess your CXR knowledge.
You are also expected to start reading for your 2A exam and be more proactive/engaging in day to day reporting.
ST3: You join the senior rota as an ST3 and are expected to do night duties along with evenings and weekends. You will be the only registrar during the nights after 9pm, however you are able to call the consultant on call, and you will often be the most senior doctor in charge on call over the weekend/evening.
You will continue 3 month rotations for another 4 blocks and may be allocated your own lists during this time. Here you will also sit your FRCR 2A exam.
You will choose your subspeciality during this year to shape your next years.
ST4/5/6: Here you will continue on the senior rota. You will have a specialist timetable to focus on your area of interest and may be allocated your own lists.
In your 4th year you will sit your FRCR 2B exam.
Those training in interventional radiology will have the opportunity to join the IR on call rota during their final year.
Welfare and support:
The training scheme ensures every trainee has an educational and clinical supervisor to raise concerns/ feedback to during their rotations.
There is a programme of regular registrar social events to ensure work-life balance and for colleagues to get to know everyone.
The training programme director, senior consultants and administrative staff are very helpful and supportive for any personal or individual circumstances that may arise. The radiographer and the sonographer bodies are also very helpful and will take time to teach when approached by trainees and this can be an invaluable asset.
The hospitals we rotate around include the Leicestershire Trust: Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester Glenfield Hospital. Alongside these you may rotate to Royal Derby Hospital, Kettering General Hospital, Northampton General Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital in Boston (UK!).
You are encouraged to use your study leave and budget wisely to complement your training. There is ample opportunity for the trainees to work on their area of interest and to become involved in teaching, audits, QI projects and research. There is organised weekly teaching, and regular revision sessions for registrars, run by consultants and senior registrars to help with FRCR exam preparations.
Leicester is a very mutli-cultural city with a lot of attractions! From its variety of bars and restaurants, to its outdoor festivities and natural parks, it has something for everyone. It is in the centre of the UK and only 1-2 hours from London by train -but it is not commutable from London for the purposes of work!
“At Leicester you will receive excellent training and have the support of consultants readily available. There is always opportunity to get involved in different aspects of the training and the department and you will feel valued as a member of the team. We highly recommend the Leicester Radiology Training Scheme.” Dr Heena Chotai, and Dr Motahare Yadegarfar, Specialist Trainees on the scheme
Applying for radiology in Leicester
Application to the training scheme for UK trainees is though the UK national selection process. This begins in Autumn each year, with interviews held the following February. Allocation to training schemes throughout the UK is based on a combination of personal geographical preference, and a scoring system based on the strength of your application. More information can be found on the HEE London and South East website, or on the Royal College of Radiologists website.
From time to time we advertise specialist trainee posts suitable for entry at later training points (e.g. through inter deanery transfers), or in subspecialty training posts (e.g. for interventional radiology). We are happy to receive enquiries from any UK radiology trainee who wishes to explore such opportunities.
Taster sessions for potential applicants.
Your application is strengthened by completion of a taster session in radiology, but more importantly it gives you a chance to find out what the job is really about, and whether a radiology career will suit you. We encourage anyone interested in a radiology career to spend a few days with us in the department. Enquires can be made to the junior doctors administrator who coordinates this.
For non UK trainees:
UHL supports the training of radiologists from overseas who wish to complete part of their studies, or train in specialist areas, within the UK. We have a successful track record of using the Royal College of Radiologists Medical Training Initiative (MTI) to facilitate eligible international medical graduates completing a clinical fellow post for up to 2 years. Further information on the MTI can be found here (https://www.rcr.ac.uk/clinical-radiology/careers-recruitment/medical-training-initiative-mti)
Training in all areas of the diagnostic and interventional radiology curriculum can be offered, depending on local vacancies at the time. For such trainees we can assist with preparation for the FRCR exams and CESR applications. UHL also has a comprehensive development programme for clinical fellow and Trust grade doctors providing training, practical support, and career development (Tom can you link into any of Niki Morgan’s work on Trust grades?)
Enquiries for these placements should be made to the Training Programme Director.
Royal College of Radiologists -careers and recruitment (https://www.rcr.ac.uk/clinical-radiology/careers-and-recruitment
British Society of Interventional Radiology -all things interventional radiology (www.bsir.org)
Radiology Cafe -a useful resource for radiology recruitment and radiology topics. (www.radiologycafe.com)