Haematology Specialist Training Programme



Higher medical training will occupy not less than five years. The rotation in East Anglia comprises a 2 centre model based on Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS foundation trust with a second centre at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Addenbrooke’s Hospital includes the regional stem cell transplant unit, the comprehensive care centre for haemophilia and the paediatric haematology and oncology unit. Those trainees placed at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will spend a year at Addenbrookes for specialist experience. All trainees will rotate to district general hospitals which are in Bury St Edmunds, Peterborough, Ipswich, Kings Lynn and Great Yarmouth.

The rotation into Essex includes placements in Basildon, Southend and Broomfield Hospitals, which offer exposure to haematological complications associated with co-located specialist services in Essex including cardiothoracic surgery and burns & plastic surgery. All trainees in the Essex rotation will also have placements in a tertiary unit, most likely, in Addenbrookes Hospital.

The training posts in Hertfordshire are currently part of a London training programme but are likely to be incorporated into the East of England training programme from 2020.

The training programme provides experience and guided learning in all aspects of clinical and diagnostic haematology. In addition, dedicated time for training in transfusion medicine and paediatric haematology is included.


Cambridge University is the foremost biomedical research centre in Europe and the department is the leading academic centre for haematology in the United Kingdom. There are numerous opportunities for training in research during higher medical training and the opportunity to consider protected time training in research leading to a higher degree. The programme includes academic training posts at clinical fellow and lecturer levels.


Essential Qualifications for Entry
Personal Qualities
  • Broad general medical interest and experience
  • Ability to offer consultative advice to a wide variety of different specialties
  • A flexible approach to working methods
  • The ability to continually develop and change
  • A desire to undertake a major management component within their routine practice
  • The ability to work as a member of a team and communicate effectively with colleagues, patients and relatives


  • Personal development plan updated for each rotation
  • Regular reflective writing (at least 8 per rotation)
  • Regular work place based assessments (see decision aid)
  • CV, presentations, audits uploaded
  • Record of attendance at teaching
  • Link evidence to curriculum items
  • Record competence against curriculum and add supporting comments, including areas that need further development
Useful contacts

Training Programme Director     Emma Gudgin 

Admin SpR/Trainee Rep              Simon Bulley 

Training leads:

Regional Training Days

The regional training programme is lead by trainees and is overseen by consultants from the various regional trusts. The current coordinator is Dr Simon Bulley. The themes have been designed to cover the national curriculum over the course of two years.

There are six days designated for regional training per year. There is a regional agreement that all trainees will be granted study leave to attend (with the exception of emergency cover at Addenbrookes and Norfolk and Norwhich Hospitals).

The location of these days varies throughout the year as different trusts take on the responsibility for organising each event. There is usually a combination of consultant and trainee led education sessions and efforts are made to include specific examination preparation. 

If you are interested haematology training and wish to attend as a FY or CM trainee please contact Simon.

Monday, 30 September, 2019
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