Workforce, training and education
East of England
Welcome to Respiratory Medicine


Congratulations – you’ve made the first step towards having the best job in the world! 

Recruitment to medical specialties is currently changing, with the new Internal Medicine Curriculum.  More information about this, and how recruitment to Higher Specialty Training programmes such as Respiratory Medicine will happen, can be found here

If you're interested in Respiratory medicine, you also might want to consider attending relevant courses (e.g. thoracic ultrasound, bronchoscopy) and conferences (such as the British Thoracic Society Winter and Summer Meetings) to get more of an insight into the specialty.  More information about the training programme and curriculum can be found on the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) website. 

Respiratory Medicine in the East of England -  a trainee's perspective, by Odiri Eneje. 

Dr Odiri Eneje, ST5 Respiratory trainee, EoE 

The East of England is geographically large. As a trainee, you benefit from a variety of general district hospitals that provide a range of excellent learning opportunities. Many of these provide the opportunity to learn bronchoscopy, EBUS and medical thoracoscopy. You will get exposure to a wide range of general respiratory conditions including respiratory failure and non-invasive ventilation. General medicine takes are busy so you will easily cover the GIM curriculum.

The region has world-renowned institutes such as Papworth hospital and Addenbrookes hospital. They are our tertiary centers for sub-speciality training.

We have regular training days to cover the respiratory and GIM curriculums. There is a bronchoscopy simulator available to trainees, as well as a range of helpful HEE based websites as learning aids.

Research is strongly encouraged. The Cambridge Institute for Medical Research and the MRC center provide opportunities to participate in world-class research.

East Anglian Thoracic Society (EATS) holds multidisciplinary educational meetings twice yearly. Trainees are elected members of EATS. In the morning sessions trainees present their current research and interesting clinical cases, with a prize going to the best in each category.

The East of England has a lot to offer and I am sure you will find your time in Health Education England, working across the East of England highly rewarding.


Training with Intensive Care Medicine

Trainees can now undertake triple CCT programmes, and train in a Medical specialty, Internal medicine and Intensive Care Medicine. Respiratory Medicine is one of the approved medical specialties for this training programme, along with Acute Medicine and Renal Medicine. The curriculum is being finalised, and due to be published soon.


Practical details (from the JCRPTB):

1. Some doctors may already be training in one of the specialties and planning to apply for the other in the 2022 recruitment round. Others may be applying for their first specialty.

2. Trainees can apply for either the Medical Specialty (for example Respiratory and Internal Medicine) or Intensive Care Medicine first.

3. Trainees can then apply for the other specialty in the following recruitment round.

4. During the transition period, some trainees in ICM may not have the required experience to apply for HST in medicine, as this now requires completion of IMY3 capabilities. With further lobbying, we have obtained approval for the window of application to the second specialty to be extended to 2 years to allow completion of IMY3 capabilities. These could potentially be completed while within the ICM training scheme but would need to be carefully planned with respective trainers in ICM and medicine.

Useful links:

JRCPTB update November 2021:


Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine guidance on dual/triple CCTs:

Intensive Care Medicine National Recruitment Office:


Person Specifications for Higher Specialty Training:

Training Days

Training days aim to cover the the curricula for respiratory and general medicine developed by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board

Training days take place in a variety of locations around the deanery, which will be emailed in advance. Attendance is compulsory and there is an attendance register. Please sign in as the attendance register is available to the ARCP panel.  The Winter and Summer British Thoracic Society Meetings in December and June replace training days in those months, and there is also a twice yearly East Anglian Thoracic Society meeting which is compulsory. 

If you cannot attend due to on call commitments or annual leave etc, please email either Rachel or Joe at

If you have any suggestions or comments on training days, please email Dr Charlie Haworthwho co-ordinates the programme. 

Please note: the RESPIRATORY SCE DAY is cancelled due to the proposed industrial action.

Respiratory Regional Training Days: 2022-23




22nd February 2023

Sleep and Ventilation HLRI

F2F(location tbc nearer the date)

23rd March 2023

Lung Transplanation HLRI

F2F(location tbc nearer the date)

 13th April 2023 Tuberculosis(joint with ID) Arthur Rank Hospice F2F(location tbc nearer the date)
 12th May 2023 ILD HLRI F2F(location tbc nearer the date)

22nd June 2023

Summer BTS Meeting

F2F(location tbc nearer the date)

13th July 2023 Cystic Fibrosis F2F(location tbc nearer the date)
26th September 2023 Tuberculosis F2F(location tbc nearer the date)

Attendance at training days is compulsory for EoE respiratory trainees. Please email if you are unable to attend. 


General Internal Medicine Training Days
For information on GIM training days, please click here and select the 'Upcoming Training Days' box.  Alternatively all upcoming GIM training days can be found via Bridge.

ARCP Guidance

Eportfolio Access

When starting specialty training, you need to register with the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) to gain access to the Respiratory Medicine ePortfolio. 

ARCP explained

What is ARCP?
ARCP = Annual Review of Competency Progression, and is the process by which we ensure you are offering safe, quality patient care and to assess your progression against standards set down  in the curriculum. 
Majority are held in June/July, with a small number in December/January each year. 

ARCP requirements

1.  Educational Supervisor reports for Respiratory Medicine and General Internal Medicine (GIM).  NB. There is a GIM specific Educational Supervisor's report on ePortfolio. 
2.  Respiratory Medicine & GIM Curriculum sign offs to demonstrate progress
3.  Academic report if in OOPR (Out of Programme for Research)
4.  WPBAs to meet decision aid requirements, linked to the curriculum
5.  Multiple Consultant Reports x6 (on eportfolio) – not including your ES
6.  Firth Calculator (calculation of time spent in GIM)
8.  Form R

Hints and Tips

1.  Create a new ARCP folder each year with appropriate forms/documents for each ARCP year – this makes the panel's job much easier!
2.  Keep logbooks. You are expected to maintain a logbook record of all procedures you perform. Most trainees maintain this on an excel spreadsheet, which needs to be uploaded to your personal library. Record:
  • Bronchoscopy – including frequency of lavage/brushing/biopsy and diagnostic hit rate for biopsies
  • Pleural procedures
  • Thoracic ultrasound- All trainees are required to be level 1 competent by CCT
  • NIV setup
  • Clinical logs: You need to log acute take activity and outpatient activity
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