Renal Medicine


Renal Medicine training in London provides fantastic opportunities for research, access to major transplant centres, and innovative practice in all areas of renal medicine. Trainees rotate between 3-5 hospitals over 5 years, including at least 2 years in teaching hospitals in most cases. Most trainees train in General Internal Medicine (GIM)  and Renal Medicine. A large proportion of trainees undertake higher degrees (MDs or PhDs).

The training programme in Renal Medicine is a 5-year programme leading to dual accreditation in Renal Medicine and in General Internal Medicine (GIM). The training programme gives you the opportunity to train in tertiary specialty units as well as DGHs providing the full range of specialty and general medical practice and education. Units that have proven to be effective, supportive, and popular with trainees. The programme will support you attaining all the curricular requirements including the SCE. Trainees who complete the programme will be qualified to apply competitively for posts in renal medicine, with or without a GIM component, anywhere in the UK (and other countries where UK qualifications are accepted): the training programme covers all areas of the curriculum including:

  • Home dialysis therapies
  • Rare diseases
  • Adolescent transition
  • Non-renal hypertension
  • Donor work up (including altruistic)


Head of School

Dr Andrew Deaner is the Head of the London School of Medicine and Medical Specialties.

Dr Deaner is a consultant cardiologist at King George Hospital, Goodmayes and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He studied Medicine in Leeds and then trained in Yorkshire and London. His main clinical interests are general and interventional cardiology as well as maternal cardiology. Prior to being appointed head of school he was a deputy post graduate Dean in north central and east London.

Deputy Head of School

Dr Jonathan Birns is the Deputy Head of School.

Dr Jonathan Birns is a consultant in stroke, elderly care and general medicine. He trained at University College London and he undertook a PhD at King's College London. In addition to his clinical interests, he is Training Programme Director for Geriatrics in South East London and has developed a number of innovative and pioneering medical education programmes. His specialist interests are simulation training and hyper acute stroke care, including the provision of thrombolysis.


The vision for the Specialty School of Renal Medicine is:

•             World class education for world-class healthcare

•             Excellence of postgraduate training and education

•             Producing clinical leaders of tomorrow


Training programme

We provide training at world-renowned training institutions as well as a number of excellent district general hospitals. Working with a diverse healthcare population across London, trainees will treat a cross-range of patients and medical conditions in urban communities. The London training programme comprises two sectors (North London and South London). Details of the trusts within each sector / rotation are given, with a link to the trust website where further information can be found. When preferencing a sector / rotation, applicants should be prepared to train in all the trusts stated during the programme.