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Overview of South-East Programme

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

Level 1

ST1 – ST3

ST1 involves two six month placements.  One in Simpson’s neonatal unit and the other in the Paediatric Acute Receiving unit at RHCYP.  Both are located at the Little France Campus. Peripheral weeks occur in St. John’s Hospital, Livingston.

ST2

The second year is primarily based in neonatal unit and again on PARU, but with intermittent weeks in the high dependency unit.

ST3

This year is spent in one of three district general hospitals: Victoria Hospital, Fife; Borders General Hospital, Borders; Forth Valley Hospital, Forth Valley.

Level 2

These two years are split across the following specialties: community child health, district general hospital, paediatric intensive care at RHCYP and the neonatal unit as a middle grade.

Level 3

The final years can be spent either in GRID, general paediatrics, or general paediatrics with an additional subspecialty interest (SPIN) and placements are split across subspecialties in RHCYP and Simpson’s neonatal unit and district general hospitals.

Subspeciality training is available in : 

Community Child Health, Emergency medicine, Endocrine and Diabetes

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Haematology and oncology

Infectious diseases and immunology, Neonatal medicine, Neurology, Neurodisability, Paediatric Intensive Care, Oncology and Respiratory medicine.

Hospital Placements

Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Little France

The main teaching hospital in this programme.

Facilities: a small café on the ground floor and cafeteria on 4th floor, with outdoor seating which is a suntrap in the summer. Also an M & S and WHSmith in the adult hospital concourse.

Parking: Free on weekends and nights.   Free staff bus from park and ride at Sherrifhall.

Link to Lothian Medical Education Directorate

Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Little France

Simpson’s Maternity Hospital, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, Little France

Tertiary Neonatal unit

Facilities:  Main hospital canteen with a variety of hot and cold foods.

Also an M & S and WHSmith in the hospital concourse.

Parking: Free on weekends and nights.   Free staff bus from park and ride at Sherrifhall.

Rota Coordinators:

Tier 1: Vix Monnelly, consultant (vix.monnelly@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk)

Tier 2: Judith Orme, consultant (Judith.Orme@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk)

Link to Lothian Medical Education Directorate

Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife

Facilities: Has a number of standard shops: RVS Café, WHS Smith, Costa Coffee and its own hospital canteen.

Facilities: Parking: Free, usually good availability

Rota Coordinators: Dr. Helen Sheridan, consultant paediatrician (helen.sheridan3@nhs.scot) or Helen Brotherton, consultant paediatrician (Helen.Brotherton@nhs.scot)

Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife

Borders General Hospital, Galashiels, Borders

Staffed by consultant paediatricians and a number of advanced nurse practitioners.

Facilities: An excellent cafeteria with famous scones.

Parking: Free, limited availability at 0900.

Rota Coordinator: Claire Irving, consultant (Claire.Irving@borders.scot.nhs.uk)

Link to Borders MED website

 Borders General Hospital, Galashiels, Borders

Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Falkirk, Forth Valley

Facilities: 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. 

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

Parking: Free and generally there is space for staff parking.

Rota Coordinators: Jamie Wood, consultant (Jamie.wood@nhs.scot); Rachael Angus-Felton, admin (Rachael.angusfelton@nhs.scot)

Link to Forth Valley MED website.

 Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Falkirk, Forth Valley



This page was last updated on: 14.10.2022 at 11.55


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