Entry into higher specialist training in Immunology will be at Specialist Training (ST) 3 following successful completion of MRCP (UK) or ‘equivalent’ and core medical training up to ST2.
Training in Immunology encompasses clinical and laboratory arms. The first two years is focussed on acquisition of knowledge and skills pertaining to ‘fundamental immunology’.
The main aspects of clinical training will include diagnosis and management of patients with primary immunodeficiency (PID), allergy & allergic diseases. Clinical training will also incorporate attachments in allied disciplines including Rheumatology, Haematology, Nephrology, Respiratory Medicine, HIV Medicine, Transplant Medicine and Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics. These attachments would enable the trainee to consolidate skills acquired in the laboratory (autoimmunity, immunochemistry, immunophenotyping and allergy testing) and help in authorisation of laboratory tests as well as maintaining clinical liaison.
Clinical training will be based at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. This is a regional centre for Primary Immunodeficiency and Allergy/Allergic diseases. Currently, there are two fulltime Clinical consultants and three academic consultants (based at Birmingham Medical School). Given the large patient throughput, the centre offers excellent training as well as opportunities for clinical research. Furthermore, for interested candidates there will be opportunities to undertake basic science research with the department’s academic links with Birmingham Medical School.
The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) curriculum has been agreed with the PMETB and is the basis of training in Immunology and can be accessed via the following web link: PMETB: Immunology