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Hospital placements are usually for six months. During the first three years of training, placements are made to provide a balance of time in different hospitals and to ensure sufficient experience to gain core competency. For new ST1 recruits the programme is divided into four geographical sectors with new trainees largely remaining in one sector for the duration of their junior training. It should be noted that whilst placements are aligned to sectors as much as possible, allocation to a sector does not guarantee that a trainee's placements will all be within it. The sectors are listed below.
Aintree University Hospital, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Countess of Chester, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospitals, Mid Cheshire Hospitals, St. Helens and Whiston Hospitals, Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Warrington and Halton Hospitals, Wirral University Hospital, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (Manchester Royal Infirmary), Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (North Manchester General Hospital). Stockport NHS Trust (Stepping Hill Hospital), East Cheshire NHS Trust (Macclesfield District General Hospital)
Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust (Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan), Bolton NHS Trust (Royal Bolton Hospital), South Manchester University Hospital NHS Trust (Wythenshawe Hospital)
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (Royal Preston Hospital), University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (Lancaster Royal Hospital), East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (Royal Blackburn Hospital), Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre NHS Trust (Blackpool Victoria Hospital)
After this trainees are able to request to train in specific sub-specialties at chosen locations to train to levels 1 and 2, which are defined in the RCR curriculum. Each year ST 3, ST 4 and ST 5 trainees are asked to express their wishes for further training according to sub-specialty and location.
The hospital placements committee, chaired by the Training Programme Director, meets in the following spring to consider the requests and make placements for August, taking into account the available training places and opportunities. In some sub-specialties, in particular, neuroradiology and paediatrics, there are limited training vacancies. Assessment of previous performance in training and examinations, and if necessary, competitive interview will be used to select trainees for these placements if they are oversubscribed.
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