BSG Liver Section Training Information 2014

Core Hepatology Training

All gastroenterology trainees must complete training in hepatology. To achieve core competencies, all trainees must train in hepatology for a minimum of 12 months, of which at least 6 months should be in a level 2 or 3 centre. Evidence of competency should be demonstrated using work-place based assessments (WPBA) recorded in the trainee eportfolio.

The syllabus for core hepatology training is available within the JRCPTB Gastroenterology 2010 curriculum (pages 77-90).

Advanced Hepatology Training

In order to receive a sub-specialty certificate in hepatology, the trainee must spend a total of two years of the programme in training in liver disease. All of the training must be completed within the time constraints of the training programme (4 or 5 years depending on whether or not the trainee will also be seeking certification in general internal medicine).

One year of the programme should be spent in a recognised advanced training post, which includes at least 3 months in a level 3 specialist centre. These posts are nationally competitive and ideally should be completed during ST6 (See below...). Ideally all of the training should occur within level 2 or level 3 centres but if this is not possible, a maximum of six months may be spent in a level 1 centre.

The competencies for advanced hepatology are available in the JRCPTB Gastroenterology 2010 curriculum (pages 97-104)

Advanced Hepatology Programme

The hepatology advanced training post is designed to provide additional training in hepatology, including experience in a transplant centre. The 15 posts in England are recognised by JRCPTB and therefore count towards subspecialty accreditation in the field. The posts are aimed primarily at trainees who will be ST6, although entry at ST5 or ST7 is also permissible. Trainees should not apply if their CCT date will not allow post completion.

Applications are submitted through a single national system, with successful applicants matched to an appropriate post based on ranking following the interview process and personal preference. Further information from the 2014 recruitment round, including the person specification and job descriptions, can be found here.

Trainees need to complete the 12 months in order for the post to count towards accreditation. If a trainee exits a post early due to unforeseen circumstances (eg pregnancy, but not research) every attempt will be made to re-accommodate the trainee at a later date without the need for re-application. Regarding LTFT, at 60% a trainee will have to do the post twice (and will be re-accommodated automatically). At 80% a trainee will be deemed to have completed the post after 12 months but accreditation will still require at least 18 months full time equivalent of level 2 or above Hepatology training prior to CCT.

Recruitment for posts commencing 5th Sept 2016 is now underway. Applications can be submitted until 3rd Dec 2015. Interviews will be held in London on Monday 18th January 2016. Further information including the link to the online application system can be found here.

Statistics from 2014 recruitment round

Statistics from 2014 recruitment round

37 candidates applied and 30 were shortlisted for interview. 5 candidates did not get offered a post as they had given limited geographical preferences or declined the posts they were offered. 10 candidates were not offered any post as they did not rank highly enough after interview. All 15 posts were therefore filled during the 2014 recruitment round.

The table below shows that 8/15 candidates were offered their first choice post with 10/15 staying in their training deanery for at least part of the ATP.

RankingPost offered
1 1st choice
2 1st choice
3 3rd choice
4 4th choice
5 5th choice
6 1st choice
7 (Joint) 1st choice
7 (Joint) 1st choice
9 9th choice
10 1st choice
11 1st choice
17 1st choice
18 13th choice
19 11th choice
20 (Joint) 5th choice
Current Deanery/HE regionPost
KSS Plymouth/Kings
North East Newcastle
London Plymouth/Kings
London London - Royal London/Free
North West (North Western) Birmingham
Thames Valley (Oxford) Oxford
Yorkshire & The Humber Leeds/Sheffield
London London - St Mary's - Kings
South West (Severn) Nottingham
North West (Mersey) Liverpool
London London - Kings - St Mary's
London Southampton
London Leeds/Sheffield
London London - Royal Free/London
South West (Peninsula) Cambridge