Medical Education

Within City Hospitals the Department of Medical Education is made up of the following functions, which are located within the Education Centre, Sunderland Royal Hospital:

  1. Undergraduate Medical Education
  2. Postgraduate Medical Education
  3. EWTR Compliance /Junior Doctor rota support

Led by Dr Andy Mellon, Director of Medical Education/Consultant Paediatrician the structure of the Department has been specifically designed to deliver the current and expected developments in all areas, whilst utilising in house expertise across all functions.


Undergraduate Medical Education (Wear Base Unit)

Find your place-01(1)The Wear Base Unit is a partnership of teachers from the Acute Hospitals, Mental Health and General Practice of South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham. Geographically we represent a large area, which will give students the opportunity to see patients in a wide range of backgrounds and experience clinical practice in a range of settings. For further information relating to medical training within the North East and Cumbria, please visit the Find Your Place website.

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Postgraduate Medical Education

The Postgraduate Education team facilitates the ongoing training of all doctors, foundation doctors, specialty doctors etc.


Specialty Training

The Specialty Training facilitates the postgraduate training of hospital based doctors and is based in the Education Centre of the hospital. We look after trainees appointed to Specialist Registrar (SpR), Specialty Registrar (StR), Specialty Training Posts (ST’s 1,2,3,4,5,6) Fixed Term Specialty Training Posts (FTSTA) and Locum Appointment for Training posts (LAT).

Further information in relation to the Undergraduate Curriculum including timetables, teaching resources, study guides and learning outcomes etc can be found on the LSE (Learning Support Environment) for students or TSE (Teaching Support Environment) for staff.


Foundation Programme

Foundation Programme (FP) is a two-year generic training programme which forms the bridge between medical school and specialist/general practice training. FP Trainees will have the opportunity to gain experience in a series of placements in a variety of specialties and healthcare settings.



One or two week tasters are available in various specialties across the Trust. The purpose of such tasters is potentially two fold: firstly, to give F2 trainees some understanding of what the specialty could offer as a future career; and to engender an understanding of the specialty and its contribution to the care and safety and patients.

More information can be obtained from the Postgraduate Medical Education Department.

Successful applicants will be asked in their formal job offer to express an interest (non-binding on their part) in one of the above-mentioned rotations in order for us to be able to begin the process of mapping individuals to posts.


European Working Time Regulations/Junior Doctor Rota Support

The CHS Junior Doctor/EWTR Support function is part of the Medical Education Department, located in the Education Centre of the Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The EWTR/Rota Support Officer is responsible for offering support and guidance to departments and junior doctors in rota design and implementation in order to ensure compliance with national directives.

There has over the past 2 years been considerable changes to national legislation and CHS has seen EWTR embedded within departments’ working practices. The EWTR function has been specifically created to help identify ways in which the medical education department as a whole can further assist departments in supporting junior doctors working and also in looking at changes to working practices if necessary.


For further information contact: 
Ann Thompson (
Tel: 0191 5692244
Bleep: 55013