Welcome to the London deanery programme for specialty training in Rheumatology. It is a 5 years programme, leading to dual accreditation in the specialty together with General (Internal) Medicine (GIM).  The specialty offers a fascinating insight into the complexities of auto-immune disease, the field of musculoskeletal medicine, and the management of chronic conditions. The Training Scheme in Rheumatology offers a comprehensive and structured training programme for Specialist Registrars seeking the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). Most of our trainees pursue dual accreditation in General Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Training is based around both the experience gained from attachments and from a programme of training days. Each attachment provides experience in the core areas of Rheumatology. Out of Programme (OOP) experience to other centres may be arranged on an individual basis to provide experience in specialist areas not fully covered within individual programmes.



The vision for the Specialty School of Rheumatology is:

•             World class education for world-class healthcare

•             Excellence of postgraduate training and education

•             Producing clinical leaders of tomorrow


Training programme

A PAN London STC manages appointments to the rotations and oversees quality of training. Once appointed trainees are allocated to a geographical London region (South London, North West and North Central and East London). Generally, they will remain in this region for the whole of their training and their supervision. When preferencing a sector / rotation, applicants should be prepared to train in all the trusts stated during the 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. London with its rich variety of cultures, nationalities and social backgrounds offers any trainee a full and rewarding experience in Rheumatology.

All trainees have both clinical and educational supervisors who provide clinical supervision and educational mentorship. Training programmes are designed to ensure training in all aspects of the curriculum. We aim to provide comprehensive clinical and academic training as well as opportunities for training in education and clinical leadership. A large number of our trainees spend a period of time out of programme to undertake higher degrees including MSc, MDs or PhDs or to obtain sub-specialist clinical expertise.


Specialty units/areas in London

Rheumatology is a vital specialty that evolves with the latest advances in medical technology. We provide training at world-renowned training institutions including, Royal London Hospital, Kings College Hospital, St George’s Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, Guy's & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospital as well as a number of excellent district general hospitals.

Exam requirements

A Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Rheumatology is required before a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) qualification can be awarded. There is no specific exam for GIM accreditation.


Specialty Training Board Information

The London Specialty School of Rheumatology holds Specialty Training Board meetings three times per year. The purpose of this group is to bring together specialty leads from postgraduate medical training programmes across the three London local education and training board areas to consider issues of mutual interest in relation to Rheumatology training, and to foster and share good training practice on a pan London basis.


Useful Information and Links

Rheumatology curriculum - click here

ePortfolio - click here

Rheumatology specialty page on JRCPTB website - click here

PGMDE Trainee Support Portal - click here


To access events for your specialty please access the Events Calendar on the Home Page, select the timeframe and specialty for a full list of your specialties Regional Training Days.

If you are an event organiser, please fill Event's Booking form here - click here



Please submit these through the trainee portal - click here


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