ST3 recruitment

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

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.

Odiri Eneje (ST5 Respiratory Medicine EoE)


Current Training Programme Directors

This position is split. Dr Nicky Simler is a Consultant Physician based at Papworth Hospital. Dr Clare Sander is a Consultant Physician based at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Dr Nicky Simler​

I am Nicky Simler and I share the TPD role for Respiratory Medicine. I graduated from Manchester Medical School and stayed in the Manchester  region for my junior training. I took time out to do an MD Thesis in Interstitial Lung Disease and gained valuable bronchoscopy experience in the Wythenshawe Lung Transplant Centre.  I then completed my respiratory training in the North West Thames Deanery passing through the Royal Brompton Hospital. My first  Consultant post was at  Hinchingbrooke Hospital starting in 2006 where I worked as a general Chest Physician as well as doing ILD Specialist work at Papworth Hospital. I have now (August 2019) moved to Royal Papworth hospital on a full time basis to do more Specialist ILD work with an additional commitment to general respiratory work at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

I am passionate about providing a good learning environment for doctors in training and ensuring that the Eastern Deanery produces excellent respiratory physicians. We have a large number of trainees (currently 67) as we encourage out of programme time for research and other more focused training experiences such as fellowships.  I am happy to be contacted by email (  or via Papworth switchboard if you would like to discuss coming to train in this region with us.


Dr Clare Sander

Biography to follow. 

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