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National Programmes

The Scotland Deanery is made up of four regions: East, North, South-East and West.

In some specialties, each region has a separate training programme, for example, there are four separate Emergency Medicine programmes within the Scotland Deanery.

In other specialties, there is one national  programme which incorporates all four regions, for example, Plastic Surgery. 

We also have a small number of cross-regional programmes which incorporate 2-3 regions, for example, there are two ENT programmes within the Scotland Deanery: one is regional (West); and the other is cross-regional, incorporating East, North and South-East regions.

Trainees in national / cross-regional programmes can rotate through regions and are administered by one region; or remain in the same region and are administered by one region; or rotate through some/all regions.

The Lead Region is that which manages and provides administration for the programme.

The Host Region is that in which the trainee is based for each rotation of the programme 

Operational Programme Management

  1. The Lead Region will coordinate day-to-day operational activity within the programme.
  2. The Lead Region will provide administrative support to the Training Programme Director (TPD).
  3. The Lead Region will be responsible for recording the minutes of Specialty Training Committee meetings and either cascading these to other Regions and/or for storing same in suitable shared access electronic facilities.
  4. The TPD and the Lead Region will be responsible for organising ARCPs, Specialty Training Committees, and other relevant Programme related activities.
  5. It will be the responsibility of the Host Region to manage any targeted support or remediation that trainees require. This will include arranging for routine Deanery processes related to targeted support e.g. recommending Occupational Health referral.
  6. The Lead Region will be responsible for approving OOP requests in consultation with the TPD.
  7. Any trainee seeking to move to another location within the Programme should consult with the TPD regarding the potential move, which, if agreed, will be implemented as part of the rotation management process

Figure 1. Governance of national programmes


Cross Regional Programmes (incorporating East, North and South-East regions, separate regional programme in place for West)
Core Surgical Training
 Medical Microbiology



   National Programmes
 Cardiothoracic Surgery  Clinical Oncology   Forensic Histopathology   Medical Oncology  Nuclear Medicine  Paediatric Cardiology  Public Health Medicine 
 Chemical Pathology  Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics  Forensic Psychiatry  Medical Ophthalmology  Occupational Medicine  Paediatric Surgery  Rehabilitation Medicine
 Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  Combined Infection Training  Genito Urinary Medicine  Medical Virology  Old Age Psychiatry  Palliative Medicine   Vascular Surgery
 Clinical Genetics  Community & Sexual Reproductive Health  Infectious Diseases  Neurology  Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery  Plastic Surgery  
 Clinical Neurophysiology  Diagnostic Neuropathology  Intellectual Disability Psychiatry  Neurosurgery  Paediatric & Perinatal Pathology  Psychotherapy