South West

The South West Region covers six counties in the West of England. For training and postgraduate education the region is divided in two.

The Peninsular Group (6 main hospitals): Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, Derriford Hospital Plymouth, Torbay Hospital Torquay (South Devon), North Devon District Hospital, Barnstable, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Exeter and Musgrove Park Hospital (Taunton and Somerset), Taunton. There are 6 SpR posts on rotation (2 currently with GIM, Barnstable and Taunton).

The Severn Deanery (7 main hospitals): Weston Hospital Weston super-Mare, The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) Bath, Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), North Bristol (Southmead), Yeovil District Hospital, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and the Great Western Hospital, Swindon. There are 7 SpR posts on rotation (2 with GIM). An additional post in Swindon rotates with the Oxford Deanery.

Postgraduate Meetings and Training:

The Peninsular group have monthly all day meetings: SpR Rheumatology training days (on rotation) alternating with themed CPD days usually with one or more guest speakers. (Further information available) plus additional connective tissue meetings. Taunton and Yeovil (Somerset Rheumatology) also hold joint clinical meetings. Yearly training session Ultrasound : Peninsular US Hub (PUSH). (Contact Susie Earl email: (RD&E).

The Severn Deanery Group host monthly SpR training days and a monthly clinical meeting. In addition there is a weekly combined postgraduate meeting (Bath, Bristol, North Bristol and Weston-super-Mare). Further details and timetable TBA (Contact BRI).

Undergraduate teaching: Bristol and Peninsular rheumatology undergraduates are taught across the south west.

Regional chair: Dr Catherine Laversuch

Cathy is Clinical Lead for Rheumatology at Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust. She trained in rheumatology and general medicine in South and West London developing a special interest in connective tissue diseases and inflammatory arthritis. Her first consultant post was jointly at the Homerton and Royal London Hospitals before moving to the South West with her family. She is a Tutor for the Somerset Academy (Bristol) undergraduate teaching programme and Honorary Senior Lecturer ( Bristol )

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Telephone no: 01823 343872