Key Contacts 

Training Programme Director for Stroke Medicine: Dr Louise Shaw, based at Royal United Hospital, Bath

Head of School of Medicine: Dr Ananthakrishnan Raghuram
Associate Dean for Medicine: Dr Geoff Wright

Education programme Manager: Joanne Pickstone / Louise Peckham

Education programme coordinator: Faye Price

Health Education South West Severn supervises all postgraduate medical specialist training in the region.

Information about the Specialty

There are opportunities to develop a career delivering state-of-the-art treatment from hyper-acute intervention with thrombectomy to pushing the boundaries of rehabilitation with robotics.

About the specialty: 

The primary purpose of sub-specialty training in stroke medicine is to promote the development of physicians with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as an expert consultant resource within specialist stroke services. The detailed role of a stroke physician will vary depending on the type of service within which they are practising. The training programme recognises this, but expects all stroke specialists to have core knowledge and skills in all areas of diagnosis, investigation and treatment relevant to the care of stroke patients. Stroke physicians require skills in service development, team working, teaching, critical appraisal and service evaluation. They should be familiar with stroke research methods and keep up to date with relevant research findings.

The programme is open to all trainees holding MRCP(UK) and an NTN in one of the following medical specialty:

  • Acute Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Rehabilitation Medicine

Entry into stroke medicine training is possible following successful completion of both a foundation programme and a core training programme. There are two core training programmes for stroke medicine training: 

  • Core Medical Training (CMT)
  • Acute Care Common Stem - Acute Medicine (ACCS-AM)

Training Opportunities in Southwest - Severn 

The first year of training is completed within the parent specialty and then the second year is OOP and recruited nationally (interviews January each year).  Candidates are ranked at the interviews and rank their choices of posts also. We have 3 posts currently in Severn: 2 at North Bristol and 1 at Gloucester.

The Training Hospitals

Gloucestershire NHS Foundaton Trust (based at Gloucester Royal Hospital with time at NBT)

North Bristol NHS Trust (based at Southmead Hospital)

Annual Assessment Information

Stroke Medicine is currently a Subspecialty leading to a subspecialty CCT. This will be assessed at a Specialty Year Assessment (SYA) around 9 months into the OOP year, held at RCP London.

Related sites

British Association of Stroke Physicians: https://basp.ac.uk/

JRCPTB Stroke Subspecialty: https://www.jrcptb.org.uk/specialties/stroke-medicine-sub-specialty

Health Careers: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/doctors/roles-doctors/medicine/stroke-medicine/training-and-development