Workforce, training and education
East of England
Why Choose East of England?

In addition to the wide range of hospitals for Rheumatology training, there is also a great deal to be found in the towns and countryside of this whole area. Below are the experiences of current trainees living and working in each of the 3 sub-regions of the deanery.

To help cover the wide range of towns, countryside and other non-clinical aspects of living in this deanery, we have broken it down into three areas, as per the rotations.

  • West: Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and West Cambridgeshire
  • South East: Essex and East Cambridgeshire
  • North: Norfolk and Suffolk

The Western Part of the Deanery boasts an excellent balance of rolling countryside and city facilities. The proximity of the A1M and M1 motorways and Luton airport provide excellent transport links. Most towns having direct trains into St Pancras or Kings Cross, giving easy access into London without the London house prices.

I’ve moved to the East of England deanery since 2011. The best thing about it has been the relatively good commutes to multiple hospitals enabling me to remain in one place for several years thanks to help from the training programme directors. Outside of work I regularly play rugby, playing in the North West London league. My recent marathon training has given the opportunity to explore the extensive footpaths and bridleways throughout Herts and Beds. It’s been a great area for families with numerous open farms play groups and soft play to entertain children. 

- Mark – ST 6 Rheumatology

Lavender Fields, open to the public in the Summer, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.   










 Image result for bridge of sighs cambridgeThe Bridge of Sighs, part of St. Johns College Cambridge, based on the infamous bridge in Venice.











View from top of the Dunstable Downs, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bedfordshire.


The South East region of the Deanery has a good mix of beautiful countryside and beaches balanced with vibrant and historical towns such as Colchester, Chelmsford and Southend. It boasts 4 rotations all of which have good proximity to the A12. This part of the Deanery also has excellent rail links to London via Liverpool Street station. 

I have lived in this part of the deanery since 2013. I have found it to be a great area to base yourself within the deanery due to the relative close proximity of many of the deanery’s rotations. I enjoy the opportunities it provides to engage in a number of sporting activities such as football and racquet sports and also enjoy going to music gigs and concerts which is possible through the excellent transport links to Norwich, Cambridge and London. It is also a great place to raise a family with a wide variety of family and child friendly attractions, including Colchester Zoo and Castle, Southend Pier and a wide range of country parks. 
- Jobie - ST7 Rheumatology - currently OOP for research
West Mersea, a picturesque secluded beach in Essex which becomes an island at high tide. geograph-4514415-by-malc-mcdonald.jpg
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Dedham Countryside in North Essex, which provided the inspiration for Constable's paintings.
Norfolk and Suffolk are beautiful areas of the country with 140 miles of unspoilt coastline between them.  Both contain numerous areas of outstanding natural beauty and site of historic and cultural interest. While consisting of beautiful countryside to explore, they still offer vibrant cities of Norwich and Ipswich as well as excellent links to London via train and the A11.
I was born in Norwich and now working in the East of England I have been delighted to stay living here for the last few years thanks to my rotations. I can continue to enjoy the beautiful north Norfolk coast line, walk and sail around the Norfolk broads and enjoy the unique cafes and bars in Norwich and Bury St Edmunds, which despite having some areas of modernity also preserve their cultural heritage. Accommodation is much more affordable here that nearer London and there are plenty of attractions for family’s to visit. I would definitely recommend this area of the country to any potential rheumatology trainees.
- Alice – ST5 Rheumatology
The Norfolk Broads, a National Park with 125 miles of unspoilt connecting waterways, rich in wildlife and picturesque villages.
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Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast, a former Tudor Port, now a popular tourist destination for its beach, sailing and fishing.