Implementation of the new Internal Medicine Stage 1 training Curriculum

The Internal Medicine (IM) stage 1 curriculum was approved by the GMC on 8 December 2017 and will replace Core Medical Training (CMT) from August 2019. The curriculum, trainee FAQs and implementation guidance are available on the JRCPTB website.  HEIW is currently working closely with all Health Boards across Wales to ensure we delivery a comprehensive training programme. If you have any enquiry about this or CMT, please contact the School Manager, Mrs Hilary Williams.

FAQ's: We have created the following FAQs to assist with any enquries: IM FAQs - Wales Deanery

Additional Information for IMT Recruitment 2019

IM Training at Wrexham Maelor Hospital

IM Training at Aneurin Bevan Health Board

Working with the IM Leads and our ITU colleagues, we can now confirm guaranteed ITU placements on all rotations (3 months) and also 6 months of geriatrics on all rotations, covering mandated curriculum requirements. 

Key Leads across Wales include:

Lead/Health Board


Contact E-mail

Lead for all Wales IM

Dr Shaun Smale

Deanery Specialty Training Manager

Mrs Hilary Williams

Cwm Taf & ABMU Training Programme Director

Dr Vik Lodhi

Cwm Taf – IM Lead

Dr Robin Martin

Cwm Taf - Royal Glamorgan

Dr James Berrill

Cwm Taf Prince Charles

Dr Jo Morris

ABMU HB - Morriston

Dr David Price

ABMU - Singleton

ABMU - Princess of Wales Hospital

Dr Chris Hudson

Dr John Hounsell

ABMU – Service Manager

Mrs Katie Pearce

Velindre Hospital

Dr Mick Button

Cardiff & Vale; Velindre and Aneurin Bevan Training Programme Director

Dr Inder Singh

Hywel Dda – All sites & Training Programme Director

Dr Lena Izzat

Cardiff & Vale HB - UHW & Llandough

Dr Aled Roberts

Dr Ben Hope-Gill

Aneurin Bevan – Royal Gwent

Dr Tom Cozens

Aneurin Bevan – Royal Gwent

Dr Murali Hegde

Aneurin Bevan – Nevill Hall

Dr Helen Fowles

Betsi Cadwaladr UHB - Wrexham

Dr Anthony Dixon

Betsi Cadwaladr UHB – Ysbyty Gwynedd

Dr Martin Royle

Betsi Cadwaladr UHB – Ysbyty Glan Clwyd

Dr Sangmitra Chakrabarti

Betsi Cadwaladr UHB – Training Programme Director

Dr Siva Shrikanth

Betsi Cadwaladr UHB – IM Assistant

Dr Muhammed Murtaza


Medicine is a specialty that offers an incredibly diverse range of training opportunities. To make the most of these opportunities we offer a quality assured programme that starts by providing a solid grounding in medicine.

This leads on to a number of distinct strands designed to provide the training opportunities and direction needed to get the most out of a career in hospital medicine. These are:

  • Core Medical Training or Acute Care Common Stem (Acute medicine) - Medicine in co-operation with the ACCS Lead.
  • Higher Training in Medicine - Wales offers 24 sub-specialites of Medicine.

Each group of trainees is supervised by a Specialty Training Committee (STC).

Working with these committees, we:

  • Organise training programmes in accordance with GMC requirements
  • Recruit and select trainees
  • Ensure that there is an appropriate induction to the training programme for all new trainees
  • Support the provision and use of the e-portfolio by both trainees and their educational supervisors
  • Work with local lead educators (Faculty Leads, Course Organisers, College Tutors) to ensure that each post in a programme provides high quality experience
  • Ensure that that regular educational supervision is provided
  • Ensure that all educational supervisors have received appropriate training (including teaching skills, appraisal and assessment skills and equality and diversity training) for their role as educators and assessors
  • Ensure that trainees have access to well-informed and appropriate careers information, advice and counselling
  • Are proactive in the identification of trainees needing additional help or guidance and see that remedial action is taken
  • Monitor assessment of training including Annual Reviews of Competency Progression (ARCPs) and Penultimate Year
  • Assessments (PYAs)

We report to the Postgraduate Dean and we also relate to the Joint Royal Colleges Postgraduate Training Board (JRCPTB) and its Specialty Advisory Committees (SACs), mainly through the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Head of School

This position is currently vacant, however, we have three Interim Associate Heads of School:

Dr John Butler, Dr Rhian Morse and Dr Shaun Smale are all Interim Associate Heads of Schools, you can contact them at:




What to do next

For further information contact us to organise a visit or an informal chat.




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