Health Education England, working across the East of England: Genito-Urinary Medicine:


Genito-urinary Medicine encompasses the care of people with sexually transmitted infections, non-transmissible genital infections, genital dermatological problems, and HIV infection. Many other conditions can present, including psychosexual problems. There are strong links with dermatology, gynaecology, urology and infectious diseases. All the district general hospitals in the region have a Genito-urinary Medicine clinic.

Attractions of the Specialty

Genito-urinary Medicine offers a highly attractive career to any doctor who enjoys the inter-personal, low-tech aspects of medicine. The doctor-patient consultation is continually interesting. Uncommonly for medicine, the patients are mainly young. The speciality is largely outpatient-based, although genito-urinary physicians have a variable degree of input into the in-patient care of HIV patients and some other genito-urinary patients. On-call is rarely onerous, although this varies according to the HIV workload of the clinic.

Clinics are usually open approximately nine to five Monday to Friday, although some clinics hold one or more evening sessions. Epidemiology and microbiology form a significant part of the necessary knowledge base. HIV Medicine, in particular, progresses very rapidly and it is necessary to be right up to date to provide optimal care. In this field and in other branches of Genito-urinary Medicine there is plenty of scope for research. Finally, Genito-urinary Medicine tends to attract open-minded doctors and nurses who like people. The chances are, therefore, that you will find your colleagues congenial and the working atmosphere is typically high spirited.

Training Programmes

Addenbrooke's Hospital. The training is currently at Addenbrooke's during the four years. The medical staff of the department consists of two full-time consultants, three honorary consultants providing one or more clinical sessions, one SpR, and two part-time associate specialists and one part-time clinical assistant. There are close links with infectious diseases, gynaecology, dermatology, urology and microbiology etc. There are regular internal and external educational meetings and excellent opportunities for research. The department deals with a wide range of genito-urinary problems as well as HIV/AIDS.

WatfordLuton & DunstableSt. AlbansUniversity College London.  The post offers wide experience in various aspects of sexual health. The participating clinics offer different models of clinical care and service provision for different populations. The Luton & Dunstable service has a considerable workload in the management of HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections, especially gonorrhoea and chlamydial infection. The Watford service has developed a broad sexual health ethos with specialist services for young people, outreach teams, vulval clinics etc. The St. Albans clinic is a high throughput traditional GUM service. Experience in specialist HIV in-patient care and academic teaching is provided through the Mortimer Market Centre of University College, London.

Norfolk & Norwich Hospital. The training is currently at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital during the four years.  This is one of the busiest GU Medicine Departments in the region. The medical staff of the Department consist of two full-time Consultants, one part-time Consultant, one full-time Staff Grade, one SpR and five Hospital Practitioners providing one or more Clinical sessions.  There are close links with Dermatology, Respiratory Medicine, Microbiology, Gynaecology and Hepatology etc.  HIV patients are admitted under a designated Respiratory Consultant. The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital is one of the Regional HIV Network Centres.  There are regular internal  and external educational meetings.  The Department deals with a wide range of genitourinary problems as well as HIV/AIDS.

Essential Qualifications for Entry
Further Advice and Useful Links
Further Advice Position Location
Dr Mohd Abu Bakar

Training Programme Director

Southend University Hospital 
Dr Nelson David

Deputy TPD and Consultant GU Medicine

Norfolk and Norwich NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Sunda Uthayakumar Training Committee Honorary Secretary and Consultant GU Medicine East Hertfordshire NHS Foundation Trust 
Dr Fraz Mir  Head of School of Medicine Health Education England, Working Across the East of England
Joseph Crowe School of Medicine Administrator Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Detailed guidance on the Genito-Urinary Medicine assessment blueprint and curriculum is available from the JRCPTB website.

Useful links

Upcoming Multi - Speciality Training Days and Study Courses:

For a full list of upcoming training events and study courses aimed at all medical specialties within the region - Please visit the following links: