Overview of CMT Training

This programme builds on the traditional excellence of Junior Doctor training in medicine in the North West Region including the larger training programmes previously centred at Hope Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, North Manchester General Hospital, Royal Preston Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital. The training programme is run in 3 zones (Cumbria and Lancashire Zone; Greater Manchester North and West Zone; Greater Manchester Central, South and East Zone) to afford proximity of placement hospitals for all trainees

The 2-year Core Medical Training Programme delivers training based upon the JRCPTB General Internal Medicine (Acute) and Generic Curricula, with the majority of posts involving both District General Hospital and Teaching Hospital placements.

There is a wide range of training paths affording experience in the main medical specialties. These training paths also afford the possibility of individual focus with choice suiting differing career specialty plans.


The 3 Programme Zones, while providing the same high standard, each offer differing flavours of training. Our Trust is 1 of 4 trusts within the Cumbria and Lancashire sector, and the CMT Sector Co-ordinator for this zone is based at Royal Preston Hospital.

Successful applicants are asked to express a preference between the different training tracks, to suit individual interests and career plans. Allocation to tracks is on the basis of expressed preference and interview score.

 Each Zone has 24 training paths, involving 6 x 4-month placements. These placements will involve at least 1 year in the main medical sub-specialties (Care of Elderly, Chest Medicine, Endocrinology/ Diabetes, Gastroenterology, and Cardiology). Each path will provide 16 – 20 months of acute medical experience with at least 8 months of unselected acute medical ‘take’. The majority of trainees will be based in one site for each year of the programme.

Clinical skills teaching and simulation sessions are integral part of the regional educational programme. There are well established PACES teaching within individual sectors

CMT News

For the monthly Medical Grand Round, we held a QIP/Audit Competition on Wednesday 10th July. 

Karen Partington the Chief Executive and Dr Gerry Skailes the Medical Director were part of the judging panel.

Congratulations to Dr Chad Pardoe who won the competition and well done to the other participants - Dr Razaan Haneef, Dr Grace Nichols and Dr Nicolas Pipis.

We will be holding another competition next year so if you have a QIP or Audit which you would like to present to the Chief Executive and Medical Director please contact Natalie Suffield for more details!