Respiratory Medicine

Health Education England, working across the East of England: Respiratory Medicine

There are thirty three respiratory/general medicine training posts in the East of England. Rotations have been devised to provide first class training at both district general hospital and specialist centres based on the curricula for respiratory and general medicine developed by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board

Respiratory medicine training is offered in the first two years in Norwich, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Great Yarmouth, Luton, King's Lynn, Harlow, Colchester, Basildon, Bedford, Chelmsford, Welwyn Garden CityStevenage, Huntingdon and Southend. Specialist respiratory experience is gained at Papworth Hospital (normally during the third year) where trainees will be attached to two of the six firms (cystic fibrosis, sleep and ventilation, lung defence, lung transplantation, oncology, pulmonary vascular diseases). Training will include a year in a tertiary unit such as Addenbrookes Hospital, CUHNHSFT in Cambridge, Basildon and Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital.


There are excellent facilities in the region for training and experience in all aspects of respiratory medicine. Trainees are encouraged to attend the British Thoracic Society (BTS) meetings, and where appropriate international meetings as well. The East Anglian Thoracic Society (EATS) meets twice yearly and there is a monthly regional study/teaching day for trainees (covering both respiratory and general medicine). Research, audit, journal club and grand round teaching is provided at all centres. There is special interest and expertise within the region in a variety of areas including: assisted ventilation, asthma/allergy, COPD, cystic fibrosis, HIV, pneumonia, lung transplantation, interventional bronchoscopy, pulmonary hypertension, ILD/sarcoid and sleep disorders.

Thoracic surgery is performed at Norwich, Ipswich and Papworth and cardiac surgery, pulmonary endarterectomy and heart/lung transplantation at Papworth. Bronchoscopy, respiratory physiology and intensive care are available at all centres. At the end of five years, subject to satisfactory appraisal, the trainees will be awarded CCTs in general internal medicine and respiratory medicine. Single speciality accreditation in Respiratory Medicine or dual training with ICU is available, together with the option to spend one year of the rotation training in respiratory and ICU medicine in Melbourne, Australia.


Research Opportunities

The programme places a strong emphasis on research training or extending previous research experience for all ST3+ trainees; the acquisition of a higher research degree (MD or PhD) is considered the norm and prospective applicants are welcome to contact one of the two academic representatives on the STC for further information about this. Many trainees are successful in obtaining MRC or Wellcome Trust research fellowships (which can be accommodated at any stage) and a number have gone on to be awarded intermediate and senior research fellowships. The academic representatives are Prof. Edwin ChilversDepartment of Medicine, University of Cambridge and Dr Andrew WilsonSchool of Medicine, University of East Anglia.

Essential Qualifications for Entry
Further Advice and Useful Links

Further Advice



Dr Thomas Pulimood Training Programme Director Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Mark Pasteur

Training Committee Chair

Papworth Hospital NHS Trust
Dr Fraz Mir Head of School of Medicine
& Associate Postgraduate Dean

Health Education England, working across  the East of England

Detailed guidance on the Respiratory Medicine assessment blueprint and curriculum is available from the JRCPTB website.

Upcoming Multi - Speciality Training Days and Study Courses:

For a full list of upcoming training events and study courses aimed at all medical specialties within the region - Please visit the following links:

Upcoming Respiratory Training Days

Upcoming Respiratory Training Days 

Thursday 11th January

Ventilatory failure with Dr Mark Davies 

Lecture theatre, Papworth Hospital

Thursday 1st February



Friday 9th March

Systemic diseases and the lung

West Suffolk

April date tbc

Lung infection


May date tbc



For information on GIM training days, please click here; Please email Elizabeth Hamilton to be added to the mailing list 

Historical Training Days

Dates:                   Site:

09.02.2017                    David Dunn Suite, Level 2 Addenbrookes Hospital

15.03.2017                    Lecture theatre, Papworth Hospital*

24.04.2017                    Møller Centre, Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DE (Pre-Book)*

17.05.2017 (EATS)       Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, IP3 8UH (Eventbrite Invite)

14.06.2017                    Basildon Hospital Education Centre, Nethermayne, Basildon SS16 5NL (CANCELED)

11.07.2017                    Education Centre, West Suffolk Hospital*

24.08.2017                    Introduction for new StRs, Gim Sessions & SIM Training - David Dunn Suite, Level                                                         2 Addenbrookes Hospital

06.09.2017                   Oncology with Dr David Meek -  Lecture theatre, Papworth Hospital* FOLLOWED BY CCCRR SEMINAR AT ADDENBROOKES - organised by Dr Frank McCaughan

​03.10.2017                   ICU with Dr Charlotte Summers - Papworth Hospital

19.10.2017                    Transplant with Dr Jas Palmer - Lecture theatre, Papworth Hospital* FOLLOWED BY CCCRR SEMINAR AT ADDENBROOKES - organised by Jonathan Fuld.

November                     EATS - Chelmsford

December                     British Thoracic Society Meeting - Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London


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