Curriculum - Immunology Training (2015)

Curriculum - Immunology (allergy, clinical and laboratory immunology) 2021 curriculum

JRCPTB Specialty Overview and Recruitment -


Training Programme Director

Dr Sara Drinkwater


Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Introduction/Overview of Programme

Higher specialist training in Clinical Immunology follows on from CT1 and CT2 levels on the Core Medical Training programme. The duration of training is between 4 and 5 years, with clinical placements at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Preston Hospital and Salford Royal Hospital. Applicants are advised to be familiar with the curriculum for Immunology (available on the JRCPTB website) as this includes descriptions of the skills and knowledge trainees should acquire as well as detailing the methods through which training needs will be delivered. As for other programmes within specialist medicine, there is the ongoing requirement for maintaining an up to date e-portfolio and logbook to prove evidence of competences.


General Description of Rotation

In the first two years of training there is an emphasis on understanding the scientific basis that underpins the practice of immunology as trainees rotate between the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Preston Hospital and Salford Royal Hospital, they will gain experience in both immune deficiency and allergy. Trainees will also be introduced into aspects of laboratory immunology.


During years 3 and 4 of the training programme trainees will continue to develop skills in the clinical managements of patient with a wide-range of diseases; including immunodeficiency, autoimmune diseases and a wide spectrum of allergic disorders. Trainees also have the opportunity to attend a range of additional clinics in related specialties (including Rheumatology, Infectious Diseases, Dermatology, Nephrology and Transplantation) which are organised according to individual training needs.


Educational Opportunities

Trainees are encouraged to undertake an MSc in Immunology, such as the distance learning MSc at the University of Manchester. This provides trainees with a grounding in fundamental concepts of immunology. Trainees wishing to do this will be advised on how best to apply for additional funding to cover tuition fees. In subsequent years, some trainees may wish to apply for an out of programme experience in order to undertake either an MD or a PhD (please refer to the Gold Guide).


As Immunology is a small speciality, training days are organised nationally via the Royal College of Pathologists. Trainees are encouraged to use their study leave to attend these, which predominantly take place in London. The website contains a training calendar, together with reading lists and past papers.


There are many other education opportunities for trainees happening at both local and national levels: The University of Manchester has regular Immunology Group Meetings, and there is the opportunity to attend national conferences by the British Society for Immunology (BSI) and BSACI (British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology).



Specialty registrars are encouraged to participate on a 2-day course focusing on Workplace Based Assessment and Feedback and Educational Supervision. This is administered through the North Western Deanery and has now replaced the longstanding programme of teaching the teachers. All Trusts have an actively supported programme of audit. Clinical immunology trainees are expected to undertake audit and completed audit projects should be submitted as non-patient case based items on the eportfolio.


Research is also supported, with presentation of research at national and international meetings and through publications. Immunology lends itself well to research projects, which can be undertaken as an out of programme experience towards the award of either an MD or a PhD.