Workforce, training and education
East Midlands

Clinical Oncology

1356090846_hblk.jpgThere is a comprehensive Regional teaching programme for Clinical Oncology and Medical Oncology trainees, state of the art facilities and extensive research programme. (Dr Pat Lawton)

If you're looking to train in Clinical Oncology then the East Midlands is the perfect place to develop your career. With two of England's top ten cities on your doorstep you will benefit from broad experience in major regional centres with support from two of the UK's top 25 universities.

When you train in Clinical Oncology in the East Midlands you'll benefit from a flexible programme arranged around your training needs. And, thanks to the unique geography of the region, you get to experience a wide range of facilities in major centres without the need to move home. Keep reading to find out more.

Benefit from fully funded training

1356090437_frmr.jpgNew Radiotherapy Department in Nottingham opened 2011 with state of the art radiotherapy equipment

One of the main reasons why Clinical Oncology trainees come to the East Midlands is because we are able to offer fully funded training.

There is a well established postgraduate diploma in oncology at the University of Nottingham and this fully funded programme covers the syllabus for the Part 1 of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) exam.

And, as the training is carried out in-house, you will also be released from clinical training for one day a week whilst completing the diploma. You'll also be able to participate in our 'monthly study day' initiative which gives you the chance to keep in regular contact with fellow trainees and to benefit from strong peer support.

"I have been part of the clinical oncology training programme in the East Midlands deanery since last year, having been a core medical trainee elsewhere, and I have really valued my time here. I have had a wide range of clinical opportunities and, unlike other deaneries, the East Midlands fully funds a PG Cert degree for all ST3 trainees as well as a Physics Course to prepare for the part 1 FRCR examinations" - Ananth Sivanandan, ST3 in Clinical Oncology

The East Midlands offers state of the art facilities and unique training opportunities

1356090508_wkql.jpgNottingham’s Tonetherapy machine – state of the art facility for IMRT delivery

The flexible Clinical Oncology training programme in the East Midlands is based in the major centres of Nottingham and Leicester. As two of the biggest cities in England you will train in some of the most advanced facilities in the country, and you'll be in a region that boasts:

  • State of the art radiotherapy with Tomotherapy, VMAT and Rapid arc machines
  • Centres that are fully IMRT active with high levels of IMRT and IGRT
  • A paediatric radiotherapy centre
  • Specialised radiotherapy services including stereotactic ablative radiotherapy for early stage lung cancer, Sir Spheres programme for liver malignancy, prostate and anal brachytherapy and contact radiotherapy for anal carcinoma
  • 2 Teenage Cancer Trust supported teenage/young adult units

As well as access to state of the art facilities we also offer excellent learning and research opportunities. Leicester boasts one of Cancer Research UK's centres which means you're developing your career in a forward thinking department renowned for its research and expertise.

Exam results in the East Midlands have also been superb in recent years and the region has produced a FRCR Gold Medal winner.

Low house prices and superb transport links

1356090642_qmbx.jpgEast Midlands Clinical Oncology trainees outside the new radiotherapy centre in Nottingham

The East Midlands is home to some of the UK's most vibrant and cultural cities. While your Clinical Oncology training will be based in the University cities of Nottingham and Leicester you will also have the opportunity to develop your career in Derby - England's most central city - and Northampton, a thriving market town just 46 minutes from London.

House prices in the East Midlands are significantly lower than in other regions - around 44% lower than in the South East - while the region is less than 90 minutes from London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. You can also enjoy:

  • World class sport - Leicester is a 2015 Rugby World Cup host city while Nottingham hosts international cricket, tennis and water sport events
  • Culture - Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall attracts leading international musicians and vocalists, Derby hosts iD - an annual film event - while the Leicester Comedy Festival is the most established in the UK
  • History - visit Nottingham Castle and the historic City of Caves, King Richard III's resting place in Leicester or a fine collection of Joseph Wright paintings in the Derby Museum

For more information, speak to our Training Programme Directors:

Dr Claire Esler - 

Dr Lesley Speed -