St Bart’s and the Royal London


Dr Deborah Low (Until Feb 2022)

Subspecialties offered

MSK, GI/HPB, Paediatrics, Chest, GU, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Head and Neck imaging, Breast, Nuclear Medicine

Hospitals rotated through

  • Royal London Hospital (Base Hospital)
  • St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Base Hospital)
  • Whipps Cross Hospital
  • Homerton University Hospital
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Potential rotation to Queen’s Hospital (Romford), Romford and Newham University Hospital

Usual maximum of 14 months on rotation to outside hospitals and thus there will be rotation to some of the above hospitals but not all.

Overview of Core Training (ST1-3)

ST1: Induction month to familiarise trainee with the department followed by an 8-month core block with a focus on CT, US, Neuroradiology, fluoroscopy and plain films.

ST2-3: The trainee rotates through all of the major subspecialties with a dedicated 4-month block in chest and cardiac, GI/HPB, paediatrics* and MSK as well as 2-month blocks in breast imaging, GU/oncology, Nuclear Medicine and interventional radiology.

There is an emphasis on completing the FRCR part 1 examination during the first year and the part 2A examination in the third year.
*The paediatric block is split with 2 months at RLH and 2 months at GOSH.

Overview of Specialty Training (ST4-5)

At the beginning of ST4, there is an opportunity to spend some time in subspecialties the trainee would like to improve on.

This is followed by training in the trainees chosen subspecialty whilst maintaining general abilities.

On Call Commitments

There is a 3-tiered on-call system:

  • 3rd/shadow: The shadow rota, usually done in your first year, involves being on call from 5-9pm one day per weekday. 10am-7pm weekends (1 in 7 roughly) and bank holidays. Monday and Tuesday off as zero days following a weekend on call. No night shifts.
  • Junior: The junior rota involves being on call 5-9pm one day per weekday. 9am-9pm on weekends and bank holidays. Monday and Tuesday off following a weekend on call. No night shifts.
  • Senior: Generally, ST3+ trainees. 1/14 rota however, nights (9pm-9am) are covered by the senior.

Local Teaching

There is a busy weekly teaching rota with teaching usually every day of the week which is accommodated within contracted working hours at 8am or 1pm.

There is self-directed anatomy teaching sessions organised amongst the ST1s in preparation for the FRCR part 1. Finally, a huge amount of teaching/viva practice is available from the consultants in preparation for the FRCR 2B examination.

Other information

Most trainees will complete a 4-month rotation at two (maximum three) of the following, as above, Whipps Cross Hospital, Homerton University Hospitals, Newham University Hospital, Queens Hospital, Romford.

This could be at any time during training but is usually during ST2-4.