Workforce, training and education
East of England

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. 



Wednesday, 14 August, 2019
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