There are over 50 posts available in the East of England at ST4-6 level with a diverse range of experience on offer. Trainees are allocated a sub sector of the region to minimise travel and give a degree of geographical stability. Every trainee will spend a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months in a Major Trauma Centre - Currently Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.


The East of England is a large geographical area covering 5 counties, 17 acute hospital trusts and 5.5 million people. To avoid unnecessary traveling we have structured 4 distinct sectors within the region where trainees can be based for the majority of their training, usually in 3-4 hospitals. Moveement between sectors may be possible according to availability and personal circumstances. All trainees will get experience in rural and urban placements and a university teaching hospital experience.

Eastern Sector: Norwich, Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth,Ipswich and Compulsory Major Trauma Centre placement for six months.

Northern Sector: Peterborough, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Stevenage, Bedford and Compulsory Major Trauma Centre placement for six or twelve months maximum.

Southern Sector: Watford, Luton, Bedford, Stevenage and Compulsory Major Trauma Centre placement for six or twelve months maximum.

Essex Sector: Harlow, Chelmsford, Southend, Basildon and Compulsory Major Trauma Centre placement for six or twelve months maximum.


There is a monthly regional training day which is mapped to the HST curriculum over 3 years and happens every third Friday of the month and is held centrally to allow reasonable commuting distance for trainees.

Training also includes

  • Mock exams including OSCE
  • Annual presentation days
  • Annual faculty development days
  • Annual Critical appraisal training days
  • Annual SAQ training days
  • Annual Quality improvement days
  • Management is covered during HST training days which covers the curriculum

Out of Programme

Relevant out of programme experience is regarded favourably and we understand there are number of reasons why a doctor in training may want to take time out of their approved programme. Some of our trainees have undertaken out of programme experience in 

  • International emergency medicine
  • Retrieval medicine
  • Simulation
  • Prehospital emergency medicine
  • Intensive care
  • Paediatric emergency medicine
  • Acute Medicine
  • Expedition Medicine

Further information about out of programme: