London has led the way in training in Sport and Exercise Medicine since the scheme went live in 2006. As chairman and as a graduate of this programme, I feel passionately about this speciality which has a huge contribution to make in terms of the national activity agenda and to ensure widespread excellence in delivery of Sports Medicine.
Our training centres include the Institute for Sport, Exercise and Health, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Headley Court and hospitals within the Olympic Borough. Our graduate trainees are employed in posts across the NHS in primary and secondary care and throughout the field of elite sports medicine.
Training Programme Management Commitee (TPMC) Chair
Training Programme Directors (TPDs)
Dr Abosedo Ajayi – firstname.lastname@example.org – South London
Dr Rhidian Thomas – email@example.com – North London
Training at UCLPartners (A trainee representatives perspective)
“Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) in London is a four year training scheme which opens up a vast array of opportunities and caters to many interests.
Current trainees come from a variety of backgrounds including general medicine, emergency medicine and primary care, all of which compliment this speciality. Our Wednesday afternoon teaching programme involves tutorial sessions run by numerous specialists. These not only promote continued professional development but also allow trainees to develop a close network to discuss issues or share opportunities that may have arisen.
Clinically, our programme involves training in accident and emergency, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, general practice, public health, musculoskeletal medicine and rehabilitation. Trainees are strongly encouraged to also develop skills in musculoskeletal ultrasound.
There are many opportunities for research at the various institutions to which the training programme is attached, with an enormous amount of available sports and exercise medicine specialists with differing interests and research backgrounds.
For those that are specifically interested in developing an academic career in this field, there is an academic clinical fellow training scheme attached to Queen Mary University of London which allows nine months of protected research time within clinical training.
The sports and exercise medicine programme is affiliated with various London universities through virtue of our rotational placements, allowing many openings for those who wish to become involved in teaching.
Trainees are afforded ample opportunities to work at professional and recreational sporting events, not only limited to London, and to develop positions within sporting teams. Mentored development in ‘pitch-side’ medicine is widely available.”
UCLPartners Training Programmes Manager (TPM)
Health Education South London (HESL) Operations Officer
Rotations & Local Education Providers (LEPs)
Regional teaching information
There is weekly teaching on Wednesday afternoons in London. This has been overseen by Mr Rhidian Thomas, TPD. Teaching is based at the institute of Sport, Exercise and Health in London.
Academic training opportunities
The Sports and Exercise Medicine training program offers one academic post annually.
Specialty specific research and special interest opportunities
There are research opportunities available within the institute for Sport, Exercise and Health at University College London.
We are working with the national governing bodies to develop a yearlong post CCT fellowship working in the Elite Sport Environment.
Specialty specific external courses
Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound – Canterbury, Bournemouth
Out of Programme information
Out of programme experience’s are permitted for trainees who which to benefit from unique experiences that may not be delivered in the NHS environment. These are at the discretion of the TPD and ARCP committee and are agreed on an individual basis. The priority is the core curriculum which is delivered over the four years. We would generally encourage trainees to take an OOPE in the latter half of the training programme.