Training programme

2018 ST1 Paediatric recruitment

“Additional preferencing information for both London and KSS, which will provide applicants with an opportunity to preference within those regions at a greater level of granularity (i.e. preference to sector), will be made available from 30 November. 

The below information details more specific information about the post that will be available in Kent Surrey and Sussex and give indicative details about the further preferencing that will be available.


3-year rotations with placements across Worthing, Chichester and Brighton. All rotations will include Neonates and General Paediatrics



3-year rotations with placements across Ashford & St Peters, East Surrey, Royal Surrey and Frimley. All rotations will include Neonates and General Paediatrics


M25 Corridor

3-year rotation across the M25 corridor with placements across Darent Valley, Medway, East Surrey and Tunbridge Wells. All rotations will include Neonates and General Paediatrics


Sussex and East Kent


3-year rotation across Kent and East Sussex with placements across East Kent and Hastings. All rotations will include Neonates and General Paediatrics


Beyond the 3 year placement

Your first three years are allocated together at recruitment, and that we look to keep trainees in Kent, Surrey, Sussex or the M25 corridor.

ST6 placements include specialist placement in London – PICU, endocrinology, oncology, neurology, tertiary NICU, hepatology.

Training Programme

Paediatric training is Run Through with entry at ST1 and with completion of the training programme and award of CCT following completion of ST8.  There are three different levels of paediatric training, expected timing of the membership examination and the timing of opportunities for subspecialty training: –

  • In Level One training, trainees have the opportunity to develop and improve their skills in general paediatrics and neonatal medicine.
  • In Level Two training trainees must complete a period of community paediatrics and tertiary neonatal medicine, as well as general paediatrics.
  • In Level Three training trainees have the opportunity to develop a special interest or to undertake formal subspecialty training via the grid programme.

Paediatric Placements

Paediatric placements are offered at 10 acute hospitals in HEE, KSS.  Allocations of rotations are years 1 and 2 together; year 3; years 4 and 5 together; year 6; years 7 and 8 together.

Broadly, rotations are within the West or the East of the region and are tailored to the needs of individual trainees.  Application for specific rotations are competitive and trainees are objectively ranked using information demonstrated within their eportfolios.

Level 3 Training Opportunities

General paediatric training is available in all 10 acute Trusts. General trainees have the opportunity to develop their special interest within these Trusts and HEE, KSS also has access to a number of specialist posts within London, such as PICU at the Evelina Children’s Hospital, to complement specific training needs.

Currently, HEE, KSS offer training opportunities in three grid specialties; Neonatology; Emergency medicine; Community Paediatrics.

  • Neonatal grid training posts are offered in rotation with Kings College Hospital, London / Medway Maritime Hospital / Brighton & Sussex University Hospital; and also Kings College Hospital / Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey / Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals.
  • The Emergency Medicine grid post is based primarily in Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals with a 6-month PICU rotational post in Southampton.
  • Community grid posts offer rotations presently within Sussex and Kent. A Surrey-based rotation is currently being finalised.

Educational Opportunities

Whether by the seaside, within a rural setting or at a teaching hospital, there are a number of training sites across HEKSS. At present there are training posts at sites within HEE, KSS at the ST1–ST8 level – please click on the link below for detailed information.

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In addition to those learning opportunities within host trusts, HEE, KSS also organises regional wide training.  Junior PLEAT days are offered on a monthly basis and are aimed primarily at Level One trainees.  These days have been mapped to the paediatric curriculum and are hosted in turn by each of the 10 trusts within HEE, KSS.

Senior PLEAT days are organised for Level 2 and Level 3 trainees.  These complement education days at the Royal Society of Medicine hosted by the London School of Paediatrics and are non-clinical in nature.  They focus on the skills and knowledge base which cannot be accessed elsewhere and cover a wide range of topics, including management scenarios, finance, research and Good Clinical Practice training.

Trainees particularly enjoy partaking in our bespoke simulation training programme.  Trainee feedback is excellent and has helped to shape the way simulation training is delivered.  Level One trainees receive practical and technical skill training.  Year by year these skills are built upon, allowing our more senior trainees to lead a team offering advanced multidisciplinary care.

Three centres within HEE, KSS offer clinical exam training courses.  These are of very high quality and are rated highly by trainees.

Trainees have a yearly conference organised around a specific theme.  Prizes are given for the best poster presentation.  These conferences are not only educational but give trainees from across the region a chance to network, meet and share ideas within the “trainees huddle”.  These ideas are then fed back by trainee representatives directly to the STC Committee.

Paediatric Academia

The academic hub for HEE, KSS Paediatrics is Brighton & Sussex University Hospital.

Here there are many opportunities to develop academic and research skills. For example there are opportunities to undertake a PhD both within neonatal medicine or in a specific discipline within general paediatrics.  In addition Brighton University will have the first intake to the MSC in Paediatrics in 2016.


Meet the Training Programme Directors


Dr Rob Bomont  BSc MA MBChB MRCPCH 

Rob BomontAfter qualifying from Edinburgh and completing house jobs in Scotland, I decided it was time for a change and headed South. I followed the Alder Hey SHO rotation, and then moved to Oxford as a Registrar. The Neonatal Grid took me to Leicester, with a year of OOPE spent in Cambridge with the East of England Transport Service. I was fortunate to be appointed as a Neonatal Consultant in Brighton in 2007.

I continue to develop my interest in Medical Education and have completed an MA in Medical Education in Clinical Settings. I am particularly interested in Simulation and Human Factors Training.

When not at work I can be found running along the Brighton Seafront, swimming in the sea, walking on the South Downs’ Way or eating cake.



Sethu Wariyar – Consultant Neuro-developmental Paediatrician 

Sethu WariyarI underwent 8 years of general paediatric training in India after completing undergraduate medicine. I came to the UK in 1998 seeking training in Neonatology, but 18 months in a neonatal tertiary centre sent me in the direction of Neurodevelopment and Disability – which I accomplished by being the first trainee to attain GMC accreditation in Paediatric Neurodisability. I have been a consultant for 9 years- starting in Great Ormond Street in my first consultant job in a community posting, followed by The Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle as a Consultant in Paediatric Neurodisability.

I have been teaching and training from the time I was in India and thereafter in UK at different levels. I have also contributed to training from my trainee days, an interest that I actively pursue even now. I have undergone the Paediatric Education Programme of the RCPCH and also the Deanery Senior Educational Leadership and Mentoring programmes as well

I was the trainee representative for the RCPCH from the North East. I have been an RCPCH tutor and also the consultant lead for stage 3 and stage 5 MBBS Students for the Durham and Newcastle University medical students, other than supporting the post-graduate trainees during my tenure as a consultant.

I have been a Training Programme Director for the Postgraduate Paediatric School for the Northern Deanery from 2008- 2014 starting as a deputy followed by a full-fledged TPD role- for quality assurance since 2010. I have assumed the role of Training Programme Director for the HEE, KSS again to continue my interest in post-graduate training.

I am an MRCPCH examiner and also a Vice Chair for the Exam board overseeing the AKP section of the same.

I endeavour to facilitate every trainee’s efforts to achieve their maximum potential.


Dr John Somarib MBChB, MRIPHH, DCH- (post grad),  FRCPCH

img-20161129-wa0001I graduated from University of Ghana Medical School in 1994 and came to UK in 1999 to further my training in Paediatrics. During the course of my Training I developed interest in care for children with Complex disability so I did a Grid Training in paediatrics Neurodisability at Bristol Children Hospital. During my Grid Training I became interested in Medical Education and took up a Mentor role for Medical students doing placement in Paediatrics at Bristol Children Hospital. I organised and coordinated their training and teaching programme during the 6 weeks placement and provided feedback to the Medical school.

I took up my first Consultant Post in Paediatrics Neurodisability at St Marys Hospital Paddington in January 2010 to September 2010. During that period I participated in Medical students teaching. I took up a post as Consultant Paediatrician in Neurodisabiliy in East Sussex Healthcare NHS trust and Chailey Heritage Clinical services in October 2010 till date

I continued to develop my Skills in Medical Education and did the Qualified Educational Supervisor programme – Certificate of Education part 1 and 2 – organised by the KSS deanery. I took up a post as a RCPCH college Tutor in April 2014 and TPD in June 2016.

Clinically I do complex Neurodisability clinic, Posture clinic and Movement/botulinum toxin clinic for children with Spasticity and dystonia

My aim is to support trainees achieve their full potential and to play a role in improving Training opportunities in KSS deanery.


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