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I would like to welcome you to the Oxford School of Paediatrics which provides high quality training in a range of Community and Acute Trusts. This website will introduce you to the training programme and provide specific details or links about recruitment, training and assessment.  Links will be indicated by either a blue box or underlined text.  

The school has been ranked highly for overall satisfaction by our trainees, and we have a committed body of consultants, many of whom are inspirational trainers.  The School takes a great deal of care in helping trainees to prepare for their future career and will attempt, where possible, to accommodate training requests within the programme.

Like all programmes there will be occasions where we are unable to meet some requests. Please spend time through your early training years discussing your career thoughts with your educational supervisor and if any specific issues are likely these should be discussed at an early stage with a training programme director. Applicants need to be aware that although trainees’ preferences are considered when making decisions on placements, the final decision must take into account the service needs of all sites within the training programme.

The school is aware that many training grade doctors will be looking to complete SPIN modules as part of their programme.  The range of SPIN modules available is limited within this and other deaneries and you are advised to check what is and may be available with TPDs and / or the subspecialty leads prior to application.  OOP time will NOT be available for SPIN completion and the desire to complete a particular SPIN is not accepted as a valid reason for IDT on its own.


The hospitals in the rotations are the Children's Hospital in Oxford, Milton Keynes General Hospital, Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury and Wycombe General Hospital in High Wycombe (both in the Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust), Wexham Park Hospital near Slough and the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

This is a large deanery geographically, with access to some beautiful countryside; in particular the Chilterns and the Cotswolds.


The School of Paediatrics offers training for the full 8 years from ST1-ST8 including a number of National Grid training programmes for those who want to sub-specialise. Applicants should be aware that in common with many training programmes Oxford cannot offer training in all subspecialty areas and that this limitation will NOT be adequate reason for IDT applications or early OOP applications.  The training programme is based on the RCPCH curriculum and will be, at least in part, delivered by a monthly training day .  Seperate regional training days are organised for level 1,2 and 3 trainees.

We have strong links with the University of Oxford and offer encouragement to those who wish to pursue an academic career, with several Academic Clinical Fellow and Clinical Lecturer posts. The oxford region has a strong tradition of supporting less than full-time training (LTFTT).

Inter-deanery transfers are also welcome via the national processes coordinated through the London Deanery.






Key Contacts in the School

All run-through posts will be appointed via a National recruitment process organised by the RCPCH each autumn. Health Education Thames Valley will offer between 10 and 12 posts at ST1.


Recruitment rounds are advertised on the college website or in the BMJ for the next years posts. Any additional appointment rounds throughout the year will be advertised widely.


Please also refer to the recruitment pages at the RCPCH




A warm welcome to the ST4s who have accepted rotations in the oxford deanery.

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