Wessex is a naturally beautiful area in the prosperous south of England, with major population centres in Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth and Poole along the south coast.

Depending on your training rotation you may be based in one of the following Trusts across the region:

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital 

The Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth

St Richard's Hospital, Chichester

Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight

Poole General Hospital, Poole

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth

Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury

Southampton General Hospital, Southampton

Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester

Worthing Hospital, Worthing

The School of Medicine is the largest specialty school in NHS England - Wessex. It is the part of the organisation that is responsible for the quality assurance and overview of the education of trainees in core medical training and speciality trainees in medicine.

We are accountable for:

  • The recruitment to these posts
  • Quality assuring the training in the NHS Trusts where trainees are placed
  • Formal teaching programmes
  • Pastoral support
  • Programme leadership
  • Administration
  • ARCPs.

Wessex School of Medicine aims to provide the highest quality of training and make sure trainers and trainees feel a part of a valued environment. We work closely with the Royal College of Physicians and our local NHS hospitals to achieve these aims.

Training is widely recognised as a core activity of hospitals within the area covered by Health Education Wessex and we have excellent relationships with our hospitals and the University of Southampton. Each specialty manages a programme of specialty training days to meet the curricular requirements and HEW offers a wide range of programmes supporting personal and professional development including academic, teaching and leadership skills.

In addition to specialty training posts we offer training programmes in Internal Medicine Training. Rotations vary with either four or six month attachments to a wide variety of specialties in hospitals across the region, with an emphasis on acquiring good general medical and acute medical skills in preparation for specialty training.

We offer training in the majority of the medical specialties.

The consultants throughout the region are enthusiastic trainers. There is also an active regional postgraduate teaching programme and local journal clubs are strongly encouraged. Opportunities to undertake research and audit projects are available in all hospitals.

Wessex leadership fellowships

Education fellowships

General approach to OOP/research

Quality improvement projects

Organisation of training in GIM – training days

Flexible training

Sub specialty training where appropriate eg hepatology, stroke

The Wessex region caters for every personality and hobbyist. Across Hampshire, Dorset, and Salsibury to the Isle of Wight and Jersey.... whether you're into watersports at the beach, quiet country walks, historical sites or the hustle and bustle of city life, Wessex has it all!

If you’re looking for adventure, the Wessex region can offer a wealth of activities and attractions to keep you occupied in your spare time. The Wessex region offers a spectacular array of classic landmarks. Manmade points of interest include the historic Stonehenge World Heritage Site and Salisbury Cathedral. Mother nature offers miles and miles of unspoilt countryside to explore with the New Forest National Park, Jurassic Coastline, The Needles on the Isle of Wight and Durdle Door at Lulworth Cove, Dorset.