Genitourinary medicine



Curriculum - Genitourinary medicine training (2016)

Curriculum - Genitourinary medicine training (2022)

JRCPTB Specialty Overview and Recruitment -


Training Programme Director

Dr Anna Garner

The Hathersage Centre
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
280 Upper Brook Street
M13 0FH


Introduction/Overview of Programme

The four year program delivers the training required by the specialty curriculum and prepares trainees for practice as a Consultant Physician in Genitourinary (GU) Medicine. The general GU Medicine caseload in the region's training centres is varied and interesting, providing superb learning opportunities. Excellent experience and training in HIV Medicine is offered throughout the programme, with management of HIV inpatients at three of the seven centres. The training centres are integrated Sexual Health services and training in the provision all contraceptive methods is provided. Most trainees will likely enter the specialty at ST3 level, following foundation and core medical training including obtaining full MRCP. The opportunity to be involved in research, education and medical leadership programmes is offered and encouraged and less than full time training is supported. For more details on why GU Medicine might be the speciality for you, see:


General Description of Rotation

The rotation includes placements (generally lasting a year at a time) at Central Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust (CMFT), North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH), Blackpool, Bolton, Withington Community Hospital (part of University Hospital South Manchester; UHSM), Countess of Chester and Royal Liverpool University Hospital.


Both the NMGH and the Royal Liverpool GUM departments have close links with the Infectious Diseases (ID) unit offering experience in this related field including inpatient HIV management. At the Royal Liverpool trainees take part in the ID on call rota as well as spending a 3 month period on the ID ward, gaining experience of HIV inpatient care as well as other ID conditions. In the NMGH placement 70% of time is spend in the ID department and 30% in GUM with oncall being approximately 1 in 8 on the ID rota.


Blackpool, Bolton and the Countess of Chester placements give good experience at DGH sites and CMFT and UHSM are two of the region's largest teaching hospitals with a proposal under consideration for them to come together to form a new Foundation Trust in the coming year. Whilst at Withington trainees do a weekly on call for medical admissions at UHSM and this post is usually filled with a trainee in the first half of their speciality training (ST3 or ST4). At all sites trainees will carry out a minimum of one HIV clinic a week in addition to their regular sexual health clinics. The trainees are required to keep a training record via JRCPTB portfolio which is assessed annually at the ARCP.


Educational and Research Opportunities

There are trust, regional and national education opportunities offered and trainee involvement is actively encouraged and facilitated. There is a monthly regional teaching programme organised by the trainees covering a wide range of subjects on the curriculum. The British HIV Association (BHIVA) the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), the HIV Trainees Club (HIVTC) and the British Infection Society (BIS) provide national educational events throughout the year. There are quarterly North West HIV Physicians and BASHH meetings, and trainees’ attendance is facilitated as is participation in regional and also national meetings. A regional monthly HIV resistance/pregnancy/scientific meeting is held at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Trainees at the Royal Liverpool are also able to attend the General/Acute internal medicine education programme which runs for 5 days a year at Broadgreen hospital. The national bodies of BASHH, BHIVA and the FSRH offer opportunities for all trainees to get involved in national committees, contributing to guidelines, education and special interest groups. Many trainees successfully apply for the BASHH/Public Health England programme of Honorary Joint Fellowships undertaking well supported research projects. Leadership is recognised as an important attribute and all senior trainees are encouraged to complete the Medical Leadership In Practice module run by Edge Hill University. Teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate health care professionals is expected and the first module of the Edge Hill PC Cert in Medical Education is funded which meets the GMC standards for training as a Clinical Supervisor. Fellowships in medical education and leadership are often undertaken by trainees.


Involvement in research and audit are encouraged at all stages throughout the training programme and out of programme experience for research is encouraged. All trusts have audit programmes to which the trainees will contribute and may lead; they will also have opportunity to take part in regional and national audits.


Find out more:

Trainee reps: Dr Sally Jewsbury ( and Dr Rebecca Thomson-Glover (

British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)

British HIV Association (BHIVA)

Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH)

HIV Trainees Club

Genito-Urinary Medicine