Rehabilitation Medicine


Welcome to the largest Rehabilitation Medicine training programme in the UK. Our trainees need to be an integral member of a multidisciplinary team, capable of good clinical reasoning and able to deal with recent onset and longstanding disabilities. They need to be able to lead when appropriate and have excellent communication skills.

The 4 year Specialty Training Programme delivers training based upon the JRCPTB Rehabilitation Medicine Curriculum. In each post, a trainee will have a named Clinical Supervisor ensuring access to appropriate mentorship. Documentation of progress through the Training Scheme will be via JRCPTB e-portfolio. Each trainee will have an identified Educational Supervisor for the full 4 years rotation.

The majority of posts involve both District General Hospital and Teaching Hospital placements within the North Western Deanery. Training is in the district general hospitals/Teaching Hospitals over a period of 4 years.

There is a wide range of training opportunities in the various hospitals affording experience in both general and sub-speciality aspects of and including training in neurological rehabilitation, musculo-skeletal medicine, amputee medicine and spinal injuries.

This specialist training experience also includes:

    • Major Trauma management
    • Pain management
    • Driving for disabled ; Assistive technology
    • Community Rehabilitation
    • Transitional care of school leavers

Experience is also gained in all aspects of in-patient hospital management of both acute neuro-rehab and intermediate/sub-acute management of patients.

There are a wide range of opportunities for research within the various hospitals and we have academic links within the University of Manchester, Salford and Central Lancashire.


Rotations usually start in August and comprise of completion of 24 months of neurological rehabilitation, which includes 8 months of Major Trauma management’ 6 months of musculoskeletal medicine/rheumatology, 3 months of amputee medicine and 3 months of spinal injuries. Further 12 months are for added experience.


The Rehabilitation Medicine curriculum based protected teaching programme are in place for ST3-6 trainees building on the individual trust and multi-trust teaching programmes already in place. There is an active and successful NW Regional Royal College of Physicians Programme of Education including teach-ins. We have a set programme that covers 40 topics over 4 years.

Trainees attend a dedicated teaching programme in NeuroSciences Friday PM. Individual trusts also run regular programme of training which trainees are encouraged to attend.


The Manchester Medical School has recently undergone significant expansion, incorporating the use of problem based learning. Junior hospital doctors, particularly in Medicine, form an important group of the trainers at undergraduate level. The University runs a regular programme of teaching the teachers, which Speciality Medical Trainees are encouraged to attend.

All Trusts have an actively supported programme of audit. ST trainees are expected to undertake audit and are actively supported to do so. Research is also supported, with presentation of research at national and international meetings and publication of research achieved regularly by trainees in the Regional Programme.

 Last updated: 20/11/2012