Deanery sponsoring programme: East of Scotland
Postgraduate Dean: Professor Philip Cachia
Responsible Associate Dean/GP Director: Dr Fiona Drimmie
Programme Type -
Deanery-based or National: Deanery
Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of PMETB recent approval: January 2008 (unconditional)
Associated Royal College / Faculty Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Web address http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/
Associated Assessment System http://www.pmetb.org.uk/index.php?id=880
Date programme information last updated November 2009
PMETB Recognised Programme Locations and Environments
This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:
East of Scotland – with placements in Dundee, Perth, Angus,Forth Valley, Fife, Stirling and Lothian;
Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Edinburgh
Simpson’s Maternity Hospital, Edinburgh
Forth Valley Community Child Health
Stirling Royal Infirmary
Community Child Health, Perth
Ninewells Hospital & Medical School
Community Child Health,Dundee
Armitstead Child Development Centre, Dundee
Child and Family Psychiatry, Centre for Child Health, Dundee
Community Child Health, Angus
Programme Director Birgit Wefers
Contact Dr Birgit Wefers, Consultant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Paediatrics
Why choose this programme
There are four programs in Scotland providing geographically clustered placements. The programs are nationally
coordinated via an overseeing training committee with representation from each of the four Deaneries. The
committee ensures that training programs provide equity and a comprehensive package for all trainees. This program
offers paediatric specialist training within the East of Scotland. Trainees commencing in this program at ST1 will be
located in Edinburgh for the initial 3 years of the program with the remainder of training in Tayside. (In return a similar
number of South East Trainees will commence training in Tayside and be located in Lothian from year 4.)
The East of Scotland paediatric training program is able to offer excellent training in general paediatrics and
paediatric subspecialties in Tayside Children’s Hospital, the regional centre, and DGH units. Rotation between the
East and South East Deaneries, and across clinical settings provides a robust breadth of experience and training
opportunity as part of a Scottish programme.
The program has supported trainees in grid training within Neonatology and Neurology. Programs which will support
Grid training in Neuro-developmental medicine and Community Child Health are currently in development.
Opportunities for academic fellow posts, provided in co-operation with the University of Dundee currently exist within
this program and continue to be developed.
Tayside region has a population of around 400 000, and is rich in history, tradition and culture. Dundee is the
principal city, situated on the north bank of the River Tay. It is conveniently near the three other large cities in
Scotland – Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen – none more than an hour and a half away by road or rail.
The Tayside Children’s Hospital and University Division of Maternal and Child Health Sciences Department opened in
2006. It is accommodated at Ninewells Hospital, a purpose-built hospital and medical school complex overlooking the
Firth of Tay. The children’s ward includes 42 medical paediatric beds, including a new 6 bedded high dependency
unit and a paediatric surgical area. There is a short stay ambulatory unit, a clinical investigation unit, a paediatric
surgical day case ward and a 21 cot neonatal intensive care unit. There is an 8-hour Paediatric Ambulatory Unit at
Perth Royal Infirmary, and a regional Child Development Centre in Kings Cross, Dundee.
Multi-disciplinary specialist clinical services are established for diabetes, oncology, cystic fibrosis, respiratory
diseases, epilepsy, neurodisability, gastroenterology, high risk neonatal follow-up and metabolic disorders.
Community Child Health across Perth, Angus and Dundee provides secondary level services through specialty
teams. These specialty teams are Complex Disability, School Health, Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics,
Child Protection and Social Paediatrics.
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School is a focus for medical, nursing and midwifery education. The present annual
intake of medical students is 180 and the total number of students at the University is 11,000.
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School also offers an excellent environment for training in biomedical and clinical
research as well as in medical education. Major child related research interests in Tayside Institute of Child Health
include perinatal epidemiology and audit, nutrition, growth and metabolism. There is a major programme in cellular
and molecular lung biology focusing on lung development, cystic fibrosis and asthma.
Complimentary DGH level experience is available through placements at Stirling Royal Infirmary. PICU experience is
incorporated into the first 3 years of training, while trainees are placed in Lothian.
How to apply
Deanery Administrative Contacts
Name Andrew Gardiner
Address PGME, Level 7 Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, DD1 9SY
Specialty Training Committee
Chair Birgit Wefers
Members Fiona Drimmie, Steve Greene, Dagmar Kastner, Linda Clerihew,
Jonathan McCormick, Michael Colvin
Trainee reps: Nick Connolly, Jenny Fraser
Quality of Training
PMETB Trainee Survey Information (2009) Link