Paediatric Deanery Profiles: Severn


What hospitals are involved in paediatric training in your deanery?

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Bristol Childrens Hospital
St Michaels Hospital

North Bristol NHS Trust

Southmead Hospital

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Cheltenham General Hospital

Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust

The Great Western Hospital

Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

Royal United Bath

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Yeovil District Hospital

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Musgrove Park Hospital

Does your deanery divide into smaller geographical areas?

Some Community and some Palliative care shifts in outlying clinics, still within the Severn Footprint.

What would a typical ST1-3 look like in your deanery?

Trainees usually enter our programme at ST1 and the majority are placed in training centres outside Bristol to gain a solid grounding in paediatrics. The training centres for the start of ST1 are:

  • Gloucester
  • Bath
  • Swindon
  • Taunton

ST1 trainees generally move to a specialist post in the second half of their year in Bristol, where they rotate between posts for 2 years.  The second half of the ST3 year is then back in a DGH environment to support the step up to middle grade at ST4. 

In level 1 trainees are given the opportunity of gaining experience in some of the paediatric sub-specialties. The placements with sub-specialty experience are located in Bristol, as below. Specific placements in the medical sub-specialties at the Children’s Hospital are planned by the clinical tutor there in conjunction with trainees’ preferences. All trainees will gain experience in tertiary neonatal medicine.

  • Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (most paediatric sub-specialties)
  • Southmead and St Michael’s Hospitals (tertiary neonatal medicine)
  • Community child health in Bristol

Trainees need to pass all parts of the MRCPCH exam to progress to ST4.

What would ST4-5 consist of in your deanery?

Level 2 Training (ST4 and ST5)

Trainees gain level 2 key capabilities by undertaking placements in general paediatrics, neonatology and community paediatrics over a two-year period.  They will participate in a tier two rota.  They will spend one to two years in one of the following training centres: 

  • Gloucester
  • Bath
  • Swindon
  • Taunton
  • Yeovil
  • Bristol Royal Hospital for Children General Paediatrics

What subspecialities are on offer in your deanery?

The Severn School of Paediatrics offers training in the following sub-specialties (note: not all sub-specialties are available every year):

  • Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine
  • Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
  • Paediatric Endocrinology (rotation with Welsh Deanery)
  • Paediatric Gastroenterology (rotation with West Midlands Deanery)
  • Paediatric Rheumatology (rotation with another deanery)
  • Paediatric Nephrology
  • Paediatric Neurodisability
  • Paediatric Neurology
  • Paediatric Oncology
  • Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology
  • Neonatal Medicine
  • Community Child Health

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Are there any unique opportunities available in your deanery such as scholarships or OOPE?

occasional Fellowship posts which are accessed and advertised

Are there any negatives to training in your deanery?

Some Trusts involve travel, for example if a trainee chooses to live in Swindon and is placed in Yeovil, trainees should think carefully about where they live

Why should prospective trainees want to train in your deanery?

Severn Paediatric programme has a high exam pass rate, Severn has a strong reputation with excellent Consultant and Educational Supervisor support from a dedicated team. The Southwest is a beautiful area to settle into.

Where can prospective trainees find more information about training in your deanery?