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Training Programme Director:

Dr David Galvani
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


This is a run through training programme starting after the completion of Core Medical Training at ST3 level aimed at doctors who can demonstrate the essential competencies from the person specification to enter this level of training. The programme is designed to provide the opportunities for the postholder to achieve the Level 2 medical competencies as described in the Generic Curriculum for the Medical Specialities and the competencies described in the Haematology specialty curriculum.

All the Mersey Deanery Medical training posts come under the organisation framework of the Mersey Deanery School of Medicine from the Core Medical Training (CMT) Scheme which was established in August 2005 and has been the RCP pilot site for many aspects of CMT including the development of the e portfolio and use of the curricula as a guide for learning in CMT.

It will be necessary throughout specialty training to demonstrate satisfactory progress in workplace assessments of competence when these are reviewed at the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP). The milestones to be achieved are described in latest version of the specialty specific ARCP decision aid on the JRCPTB website.

This is a Deanery Wide run through programme which includes all the hospitals listed in the deanery. All the ST3 and subsequent ST4 – ST7 placements will be allocated by the specialty programme director on behalf of the School of Pathology.

All posts will provide general medicine training and experience with acute unselected takes. In some hospitals the ST3 posts may be part of a rota including ST1 and ST2 posts.

The programme is based in the following hospitals in the Mersey Deanery:

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital
Wirral University Teaching Hospital
University Hospital Aintree
Countess of Chester Hospital
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Mersey Blood Transfusion Service

Clinical duties throughout the rotations. There will be minor variations in different posts in different hospitals but this list is aimed at covering the majority of duties:

1. Supervise, monitor and assist the Foundation trainees in the day-to-day management of inpatients in posts with a foundation trainee.

2. Liaise between nurses, F1, F2, patients, relatives and senior medical staff.

3. Attend and participate in ward rounds as timetabled

4. Attend outpatient clinics.

5. Take part in rostered emergency work.

6. Dictate discharge summaries.

7. Study for higher examination and maintain continued professional development.

8. Attend weekly educational and multidisciplinary sessions.

9. Undertake audit at various times throughout the rotations.

10. Teach medical students as directed.

11. Co-operate with members of the personnel department when monitoring hours of work and other personnel issues.

12. Attend induction in each hospital or new department

13. Comply with all local policies including dress code, annual and study leave

Study and Training

The Deanery is committed to developing postgraduate training programmes as laid down by PMETB, Colleges and Faculties and by the Postgraduate Dean’s Network.  At local level, college/specialty tutors work with the Director or Postgraduate Education in supervising these programmes. Trainees will be expected to take part in these programmes (including audit) and to attend counselling sessions / professional review. Study leave will form part of these education programmes and will be arranged in conjunction with the appropriate tutor.

All posts are recognised for postgraduate training.

Study leave is granted in accordance with Deanery policy and is subject to the maintenance of the service.

Main Conditions of Service

The posts are whole-time and the appointments are subject to:-

a) The Terms and Conditions of Service for Hospital Medical and Dental Staff (England and Wales)

b) The Gold Guide

c) Satisfactory registration with the General Medical Council (London)

d) Medical Fitness – You may be required to undergo a medical examination and chest x-ray.

Potential applicants should be aware of the Department of Health and GMC requirements with regards to HIV / AIDS and Hepatitis viruses. Candidates must be immune to Hepatitis B. You will be required to provide, in advance of appointment, evidence of immunity or have a local blood test (as deemed necessary by the Occupational Health Department)

Person Specification

For a detailed person specification for these posts see MMC website at:http://www.mmc.nhs.uk/default.aspx?page=326


Course ST3 ST4 ST5 ST6 ST7
Transfusion course E
MRCPath course, B'ham Day 1-3 A
GCP training E
Basic St Mary's Morphology E
Intermediate Transfusion E E
Coagulation Course E E
St May's Haemoglobinopathy and advanced morphology E E
MRCPath course, B'ham Day 4-5 A A
Management/Leadership E
Communication Skills E
Teaching skills A


E - Essential
A - Advised


STEC Chair

Dr Tina Dutt
Dept of Haematology
Royal Liverpool Hospital
Prescot Street
L7 8XP


STEC Members

STEC Members Email Title Trust
Dr Arvind Arumainathan Arvind.Arumainathan@rlbuht.nhs.uk Education Programme Organiser RLBUHT
Dr Gillian Brearton gillianerowe@hotmail.com Countess of Chester Hospital Rep Chester
Dr Therese Callaghan Therese.Callaghan@nbs.nhs.uk 
Transfusion Rep RLBUHT
Dr Helen Campbell Helen.Campbell@alderhey.nhs.uk Paediatric Haematology Rep (deputy) Alder Hey
Dr Mark Caswell mark.caswell@alderhey.nhs.uk Paediatric Haematology Rep Alder Hey
Dr Tina Dutt Tina.Dutt@rlbuht.nhs.uk STEC Chair
Haemostasis and Haemoglobinopathies Rep
Dr David Galvani david.galvani@nhs.net Training Programme Director, Wirral Hospital Rep Wirral
Dr Maged Gharib maged.gharib@sthk.nhs.uk Whiston Hospital Rep (deputy) Whiston
Dr Stephen Hawkins Stephen.Hawkins@rlbuht.nhs.uk HODS Rep & Bone Marrow Transplant Rep (deputy) RLBUHT
Dr Nagesh Kalakonda nageshk@liverpool.ac.uk University Rep RLBUHT
Dr Toby Nicholson Toby.Nicholson@sthk.nhs.uk Whiston Hospital Rep Whiston
Dr Rahuman Salim Rahuman.Salim@rlbuht.nhs.uk HODS REP (deputy) RLBUHT
Dr Jeffery Smith JEFFERY.SMITH@aintree.nhs.uk University Hospitals Aintree Rep Aintree
Dr Salaheddin Tueger salaheddin.tueger@nhs.net Countess of Chester Hospital Rep (deputy) Chester

North Western

Introduction/Overview of Programme

This is a 5 year programme leading to the award of CCT in Haematology. Entry normally occurs at the ST3 level after core medical training but the programme can also accommodate doctors with MRCPCH aiming for a career in Paediatric Haematology.

General Description of Rotation

7 centres are involved and the programme consists of 3 phases:

  • Induction/General Training (1 year) at Blackpool, Pennine or Salford.
  • Core Training (2 years) at Manchester Royal Infirmary (Acute Leukaemia, Coagulation, Haemoglobinopathy), Christie Hospital (Acute Leukaemia, Myeloma, Lymphoma), Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (Paediatric Haematology) and Manchester Blood Centre (Blood Transfusion).
  • Further training (2 years) at any of the above centres depending on individual need and career aims; for example, Specialist Paediatric Haematology at RMCH.

Educational Opportunities

Numerous formal and informal educational opportunities exist at all centres but there is a one day monthly structured teaching programme for which all trainees on the rotation are released.


Opportunities exist in all centres to perform small research or audit projects, but trainees may also be allowed time out of programme in order to conduct full time research leading, for example, to an MD or PhD.

Trainees would normally be expected to take Part 1 of the MRCPath examination after 2 years and Part 2 after 3-4 years. Possession of MRCP (or MRCPH) is also mandatory for CCT.

Training Programme

Please click here to download the Training Programme (PDF)

Please click here to download the Curriculum Mapping (PDF)