Clinical Oncology

Clinical_Oncology The UCLPartners programme provides training across seven busy cancer centres. The blend of centre location and specialism provides comprehensive training in radiotherapy and chemotherapy of both common and rare cancers. This provides secure training and experience in the new core curriculum, as well as providing opportunities for higher specialist training.

Units within the rotation act as super-regional centres, offering the opportunity to experience the management of a wide range of the less common cancers; including sarcomas, paediatrics and neuro-oncology.

Training in advanced radiotherapy techniques; including ARC, intensity modified radiation therapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), cyberknife and radiosurgery are readily available. Brachtherapy is offered throughout the training scheme with The Mount Vernon Cancer Centre being one of the country’s leading prostate brachytherapy centres.

A strong research drive to training is underpinned by the UCLPartners Academic Health Science Centre and the Barts Cancer Institute and there is an established academic partnership between Mount Vernon and the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Trainees can be assured of an enthusiastic educational approach, centred on training needs within both a nurturing and challenging environment. With the aim of producing the next generation of Clinical Oncologists best equipped to utilise state of the art technology to optimise cancer outcomes.

Training Programme Management Commitee (TPMC) Chair

Dr Grant Stewart

TPMC Chair

Training Programme Directors (TPDs)

Dr Nicola Anyamene –

Dr Yen-Ch’ing Chang –

Dr Karen Tipples (Deputy TPD) –

Trainee Representatives

Dr Indrani Bhattacharya

Trainee Rep



Dr Neel Bhuva

Trainee Rep



Dr Hannah Tharmalingam

Trainee Rep


Dr Michael Kosmin

Trainee Rep


Dr  Matthew Chiu

Trainee Rep

Training at UCLPartners (A trainee representatives perspective)

Clinical Oncology is a specialty which combines academic expertise with supporting patients through often challenging treatments and decisions. Through the training, you acquire the skills of radiotherapy planning and delivery, as well as becoming competent in prescribing chemotherapy.

The rotation within UCLP includes placements in district general hospitals as well as specialist centres, and exposure to patients with common tumours as well as rare tumour types.

The working week is extremely varied, including clinic work, radiotherapy planning, MDT attendance, ward rounds and acute oncology. Good communications skills are key – not only for communicating with patients, but also with nursing staff, pharmacists, radiographers, physicists and other members of the medical team.

There is the opportunity to attend the Institute of Cancer Research course one day a week for the first 2 years of training to attend lectures on basic science and practical oncology, and the option to write a dissertation to gain an MSc qualification. During training, you have to pass the FRCR exam (part 1 is in basic science, sat at the end of year1; part 2 is clinical and sat before the final year).

Research is encouraged, and many trainees pursue OOPE in research or clinical fellowships. It is exciting to work in a specialty which is constantly changing, with the advent of new technologies and targeted therapies.

UCLPartners Training Programmes Manager (TPM)

Sol Pearch


T 020 3108 2323

Health Education South London (HESL) Operations Officer

020 7866 3145

For rotations, ARCPs and OOPE

Rotations & Local Education Providers (LEPs)

5 Year rotation incorporating;

Barts Health NHS Trust 

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust 

East and North Hertfordhsire NHS Trust (Mount Vernon Hospital site) 

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust 

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (Queens Hospital site) 

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Trainees will not spend more than two years, often only one, outside of the major teaching centres.

Regional teaching information & External events

Quarterly Regional Teaching in set-up to cover a broad range of topics including radiology for CT planning, exam specific training, difficult cases and topics specifically chosen by trainees.

1 December 2015: Second Annual Joint Conference for Clinical Oncology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Medicine

Simulation Teaching

Vert and PEARL simulation is in set-up for trial at UCH, to aid trainees in radiotherapy planning techniques. Across the rotation all trainees should be able to access this.

Academic Training Opportunities

The rotation has actively supported and held Academic Fellowship and Clinical Lecturer posts.

Specialty Specific Research & Special Interest Opportunities

Over 50% of trainees will go out of programme in the rotation. Research fellowships at UCLH/Barts and Mount Vernon are available, as well as established links with overseas centres.

Education Fellowships

Fellowship opportunities are available both within the training centres and with training institutions overseas and these are actively encouraged where they appropriately meet educational needs.

Specialty Specific External Courses

MSC Oncology Course

One day per week for years 1 and 2 plus a dissertation in year 3.

RCR management course and FRCR II course

Brachytherapy and IMRT courses

external and through Royal College.

Out of Programme Experience (OOPE)

OOPE is actively encouraged either in research or as clinical fellowships in other centres including overseas.

OOPE information

Other Specialty Specific Information

This is an exciting time for the UCLP Clinical Oncology Programme. A new rotation is being designed to accurately meet curriculum demands. Regional teaching and exam specific courses are being developed to ensure a high FRCR exam success rate.

An open MRI brachytherapy unit at Mount Vernon allows for additional experience to be gained in prostate cryotherapy and in conjunction with The Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Mount Vernon is at the forefront of developing dynamic MRI and CT-perfusion techniques in cancer imaging.

In addition all trainees are actively supported and encouraged to attend the Institute of Cancer Research MSc Oncology course.