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Overview of East Programme

Level 1


Your 1st year should help you get a general exposure and begin to cover level 1 Learning outcomes and key capabilities as outlined by the RCPCH progress curriculum, with a focus on acute presentations. Six-month rotations, as below, are through acute general paediatrics ward 29 and 30 Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells and the NICU in Ninewells, Dundee.




Feb - August

Trainee 1


Ward 29


Trainee 2



Ward 29


The RCPCH and GMC are working to reduce overall training time. The introduction of the ‘shape of training’ policy may result in changes to the training structure as you progress. It is likely this will result in 2 levels of training as opposed to the current 3. The overall training time will also be reduced with most full-time trainees completing the program in 7 as opposed to 8 years. The transition to the new program is likely to occur during your training year 3 or 4.  Our current programme is designed, in part, to begin addressing some of these anticipated changes. Our programme, as outlined below cannot therefore be guaranteed but we will always aim to support you to become a safe, competent paediatrician throughout.


ST2 rotations are structured to help you continue gaining level 1 competencies with an additional 2, 6-month rotations in Neonates and acute general paediatrics (ward 29) including the clinical investigation and paediatric assessment unit.


Training year 3 will include three, 4-month rotations including NICU, acute general paediatrics (ward 29) and a 4-month outpatient department (OPD)/clinical investigation unit block. The OPD block will also provide opportunities for you to attend Community Child Health and CAMHs clinics.

By the end of ST3 you should have completed FOP, TAS, AKP and the MRCPCH clinical exam, level 3 Child protection training, APLS and NLS. You should also have provided e-portfolio evidence against all learning outcomes and key capabilities for level 1 training to progress to level 2.

Level 2

ST 4-5

Rotations are now 6-month rotations. Community Child Health, placement at a district general (Forth Valley Royal Hospital) and NICU (either at Ninewells or the Simpsons in Edinburgh) will be mandatory. The remaining 6 months provides an opportunity to potentially rotate through PICU (Edinburgh) or one of the other speciality rotations on offer if desired. Alternatively, you may wish to further consolidate your general skills in acute general paediatrics, NICU or CCH.

In order to evidence level 2 competencies, it is strongly advised that you complete the Post Graduate Certificate of Child Health through the University of Glasgow. Study leave and expenses are supported by our programme. More information about this qualification is available through the following link.


During this phase of training, it is helpful to have early discussions with the Training Programme Director (TPD) if you are thinking of applying to a GRID training programme in a subspecialty as this may allow us to structure your programme, so your CV and experience is sufficiently robust to increase your chances of success.

Level 3


During this phase of training level 3 competencies are achieved and lead to consultant paediatric working as a general paediatrician, a paediatrician with a special interest (SPIN modules – Tayside can support SPINs in epilepsy, gastroenterology, respiratory medicine, neonates, diabetes, and shared care oncology) or a specialist paediatrician (GRID training currently available in Tayside include CCH, neurology, and neonatology).

You will also be expected to complete the START assessment preferably in your penultimate year of training


Ninewell’s Hospital, Dundee

When working in paediatrics you will work between ward 29 (inpatient paediatric ward), ward 30 (paediatric day case surgical ward), clinical investigation unit, paediatric assessment unit and the outpatient department. In Neonates you will be based in the neonatal unit which is currently a level three unit.

The hospital is based in Dundee and has on-site parking which is currently free.

There is hospital accommodation available to be booked for anyone not wanting to commute.

There is a WH Smith and hot food outlet at the main entrance of the hospital as well as the hospital canteen and Crema coffee shop, currently reserved for staff.

Forth Valley Hospital, Larbert

You will rotate to Forth Valley for your district general placements where you will cover both the paediatric ward and neonatal unit. It takes just over an hour to commute from Dundee to Forth Valley and there is also free parking.

There is free accommodation (The bungalow) available to book and stay in on the hospital grounds for nightshifts or long days. A number of trainees also stay in the Premier inn which is a ten minute walk away.  Travel expenses can also be claimed for petrol.

They have excellent food facilities. There is a WH Smith, Starbucks, Costa Coffee and M&S on site as well as the hospital canteen.

Also potential to rotate through Simpsons Neonatal Unit and Critical Care, Edinburgh Hospital for sick children. Information about these hospitals available on South-East Deanery page.

Note that Shape of Training is reorganising each programme and therefore these will change.

This page was last updated on: 23.06.2022 at 08.46