Curriculum - Nuclear Medicine Training
JRCPTB Specialty Overview - www.jrcptb.org.uk/specialties/nuclear-medicine
Nuclear Medicine Specialty Training Scheme is a 6 year training programme (ST3 through to ST8) the completion of which will allow the trainee to be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Nuclear Medicine and Certificate of eligibility for specialist Registration (CESR) in Radiology. The curriculum allows for entry into specialty training through national recruitment not only from a background in Clinical Medicine but also from Clinical Radiology and other specialties such as surgery and paediatrics. Depending on the process of assessment used in this training they may be issued with a CCT or CESR (CP), but in both cases will be eligible for specialist registration.
The six-year training scheme includes initial 3 years of core clinical radiology resulting in the FRCR and followed by 3 years in nuclear medicine and completion of the specialty KBA(Diploma in Nuclear Medicine by King’s College, London) in order to be recommended for specialist recognition.
The NM training programme in the region is in accordance with the specialty curricula as stipulated by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board and approved by the General Medical Council.
The duration of specialty training in Nuclear Medicine is six years. The trainees are expected to obtain FRCR and complete the post graduate diploma in nuclear medicine at KCL apart from undertaking full training as outlined in the Nuclear Medicine assessment blueprint and curriculum devised by the JRCPTB.
Currently there are 4 approved National training numbers in the North West England region of which 2 are based at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital(RLUH) and 2 at Manchester Royal Infirmary(MRI). The NM training is overseen by the TPD with input from the National NM STC. The core radiology training component is delivered by the School of Radiology as per RCR and trainee rotations in radiology are confined to various hospitals on the training programme in the respective regions, overseen by the regional radiology TPDs.
There are close links with other academic departments and a wide range of opportunities for research within the various hospitals and the trainees are encouraged to present their research work at major meetings. Trainees will be expected to participate in teaching programmes (including audit). Study leave is granted in accordance with LETB policy and will be arranged in conjunction with the clinical and educational supervisor and approved by theTPD/Trust’s Director of Medical Educational.
In the first 3 years (ST3-ST7), the trainees spend 80% of their training time in clinical radiology and 20% in NM and in the next 3 yrs 80% in NM and 20% in clinical radiology. The joint training in NM in the region covers all aspects of adult, paediatric and therapeutic nuclear medicine and PET-CT. There is crossover of trainees between RLUH and MRI sites for 3 months to complement NM training needs and achieve all competencies as prescribed in the curriculum. NM trainees based at RLUH will have a 3 month attachment at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for paediatric NM training, running concurrently with their paediatric radiology posting.
All trainees need to register for an NHS E-Portfolio online account. The ARCPs during core radiology training is administered by the School of Radiology HEE NW, locally and the NM ARCPs are held nationally in London.
Further information on the training programme can be obtained from:
Training Programme Director
Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust