About your training

We strive to provide high quality education and training, supervision, and support to all trainees in all specialties.

A recent GMC national training survey reported that the trust had lots of positive outliers in various specialties in areas such as adequate experience in emergency medicine and F2 paediatrics, clinical supervision and feedback in emergency medicine. Handover in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and paediatrics were rated as above average as was induction in emergency medicine and gastroenterology. Trauma and orthopaedic surgery were rated as above average in both local and regional teaching and emergency medicine and gastroenterology both received above average ratings for overall satisfaction.


If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact any of the following who will be happy to answer any questions.

Julie Oakley
Administration and quality co-ordinator
01642 624797

Specialty leads (college tutors)

Anaesthetics Dr Ola Shalaby ola.shalaby@nth.nhs.uk
Emergency medicine Mr Kayode Adeboye kay.adeboye@nth.nhs.uk
General Practice Dr Barbara Herd barbara.herd@nth.nhs.uk
Obstetrics and gynaecology Dr Iona Macleod iona.macleod@nth.nhs.uk
Orthopaedics Mr Neil Bayliss neil.bayliss@nth.nhs.uk
Paediatrics Dr Janakiraman sundaram.janakiraman@nth.nhs.uk
Radiology Dr Joanne Latimer
Dr Phil Woolfall
Surgery Mr Vijay Kurup vijay.kurup@nth.nhs.uk

General information

All trust doctors and clinical fellows are offered the same educational opportunities as those trainees in a training post.

Educational and clinical supervision

The trust has a quality assurance system which trainers provide a level of supervision appropriate to the competence and experience of the trainee. This is supported by a faculty development programme that all supervisors are invited to attend, with some of the sessions being mandatory to attend if they educationally supervise a trainee.

Specialty training leads’ surgeries

Each specialty training lead holds regular surgeries within the medical education department, enabling specialty trainees to make individual appointments through the medical education staff. The surgeries provide an opportunity for all specialty trainees to discuss any issues they may have, or to seek help with their portfolios, assessment requirements, career advice and preparation for the annual review of competence progression.

Feedback from trainees about this service is excellent and uptake is high with trainees.

End of post appointments

All trainees are offered an end of post meeting with their specialty training lead, and the opportunity to complete an end of post questionnaire, both of which allows trainees the opportunity to reflect on their experience within the post. This also the medical education team and the specialty training lead to address any areas of concern within the department to ensure the quality of education and training is maintained.

Pastoral support

Pastoral support for specialty trainees is available through the specialty training leads and the medical education team.

Faculty development

To ensure quality and consistency of educational and clinical supervision provided by trainers within the trust, all supervisors of trainees are required to attend the trust local faculty development programme and update every three years. The programme ensures that all trainers are appropriately trained to supervise, provide feedback and complete competence assessment of trainees in the specialty.

Teaching and training opportunities

Each specialty provides an active weekly teaching programme based on the curriculum. The majority of sessions are consultant led, with input from trainees and other professionals. Regular attendance reports are issued to trainees for inclusion in their portfolio as evidence of learning and training. Further details of sessions are included in each specialty section.

Simulation training

The trust has invested in a purpose built simulation suite, within the education and organisation development department.

The aim of introducing simulation is to enhance patient safety. Simulation is also being used to support the trust’s work to address NCEPOD recommendations for managing the deteriorating patient. A number of projects across directorates have been successfully developed and implemented.

Medical, paediatric, emergency medicine and anaesthetics specialty trainees are regularly involved in simulation scenarios both on the wards and within the simulation suite. Current examples have included sessions on NIV, DKA (adults and paediatrics), sepsis and burns.

We regularly run simulation sessions in accident and emergency which also involves other teams for example paediatrics to work together. Several specialty trainees have completed the introduction to simulation course and now regularly help to run simulation sessions for more junior trainees.

IT and library facilities

The trust has dedicated IT facilities in the library, teaching centres and internet café, which are available 24 hours a day.

The library and  information service is also available 24 hours a day and most resources can be accessed from anywhere using your NHS Open Athens account, including the NICE guidance and BNF/BNFc apps for iOS and Android.

Books, journals and clinical evidence summaries are available electronically using UpToDate, ClinicalKey and NICE Evidence Services.

Around 5000 books are also available in print format in the library at University Hospital of North Tees. Any book or journal article not available in our stock can be ordered for you from an external supplier on request.

Literature searches can be requested for any clinical topic provided you will not be using the search to complete academic coursework.

Training can be arranged with the librarian on a range of topics such as:

  • searching for information to support evidence based patient care, clinical audit or research
  • proofreading, editing and referencing for professional writing
  • keeping up to date in your chosen specialty
  • how to make best use of our electronic information resources

As a member of the trust library and information service you will also be able to access some library facilities at other local hospital libraries and the university libraries at Durham and Teesside.

For more information on the library and information service please contact the librarian, Madeleine Still on madeleine.still@nhs.net or 01642 624784.


All specialty trainees are appointed and recruited by the LET (CDDFT) Health Education North East

VTS and trust grade posts are appointed locally by the trust following principles of equality, diversity and comply with employment law.