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.
The 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.