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Core Medical Training

Forms the first stage of specialty training for most doctors training in physicianly specialties and will prepare trainees for participating in the acute medical take at a senior level and managing patients with acute and chronic medical problems in outpatient and inpatient settings.
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Core Medical Training (CMT)

Core Medical Training (CMT) in the KSS School of Medicine offers exciting two year programmes covering comprehensive exposure to all aspects of general medicine, preparing for a wide range of higher medical training choices.

We are dedicated to training the physicians of the future and have a very successful track record of doing this. Indeed, the 2008 PMETB survey rated The KSS School of Medicine as excellent and ranked it second best in England.

CMT programmes are based in regional acute Trusts and include large city based hospitals and smaller more rural placements. Trainees are based in one Trust for two years and undertake six four month rotations.

All CMT trainees have a dedicated Educational Supervisor who delivers individually tailored local weekly teaching sessions and is adept in clinical teaching and appraisal. All trainees provide weekly teaching sessions for medical students, and are exposed to acute medical takes to ensure complete coverage of the CMT curriculum.

For more information http://kssdeanery.org/cmt/about-us

For junior doctors currently working at Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, we have our own junior doctors page, which will help you to find out about additional educational activities and opportunities taking place at East Surrey Hospital. For more information please access the intranet, then copy and paste this link http://intranet.sash.nhs.uk/department-directory/clinical/junior-doctor-pages/

Internal Medicine Training (IMT)

 IMT is a three year programme which will prepare doctors to become a medical registrar and provide them with the skills needed to manage patients presenting with a wide range of general medical symptoms and conditions.

All IMT trainees have a dedicated clinical supervisor who delivers individually tailored local weekly teaching sessions and is adept in clinical teaching and appraisal. All trainees are exposed to acute medical takes to ensure complete coverage of the IMT curriculum.

Our IMT trainees have the opportunity to rotate through the following specialities:

  • Acute Medicine (AMU)
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Haematology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine Community
  • Geriatric Medicine Palliative Care
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Respiratory
  • Rheumatology
  • Stroke Medicine

More details about these posts can be found on the relevant specialty page

The training programme has been split into two groups which follow different pathways:

Group 1 – is dual training with internal medicine

Group 2 is a single CCT programme

Group 1 specialtiesGroup 2 specialties
Acute Internal MedicineAllergy
CardiologyAudio vestibular Medicine
Clinical Pharmacology & TherapeuticsAviation & Space Medicine
Endocrinology & Diabetes MellitusClinical Genetics
GastroenterologyClinical Neurophysiology
Genitourinary MedicineDermatology
Geriatric MedicineHaematology
Infectious Diseases (except when dual with Medical Microbiology or Virology)Immunology
NeurologyInfectious Diseases (when dual with Medical Microbiology or Virology)
Palliative MedicineMedical Oncology
Renal MedicineMedical Ophthalmology
Respiratory MedicineNuclear Medicine
RheumatologyPaediatric Cardiology
Pharmaceutical Medicine
Rehabilitation Medicine
Sport and Exercise Medicine


Education and Clinical Teams

Dr Ben Field

College Tutor

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Dr Ben Field was appointed consultant in diabetes, endocrinology and general medicine at SaSH in March 2012. He is responsible for inpatients on Bletchingley and Hazelwood wards and holds outpatient clinics at East Surrey Hospital and Crawley Hospital. He is the Trust’s RCP tutor for medicine.

He gained a first class BMedSci before graduating in medicine with distinction from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, in 1997. After specialist training at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ hospitals, he joined Imperial College London as an MRC clinical research training fellow, obtaining a PhD in 2009 for research into the neuroendocrine control of appetite, energy expenditure and insulin secretion. He is actively involved in research at SaSH and Imperial College, and is an honorary clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College London.

His interests encompass all aspects of diabetes and endocrinology, including structured education in type 1 diabetes mellitus, intensification of insulin treatment, insulin pump therapy, complex type 2 diabetes mellitus, diabetic foot disease, PCOS, pituitary diseases, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal gland disorders.

Dr Ben Field


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Dr Ben Mearns who joined SASH in 2007, is a consultant in acute medicine and a geriatrician. He is chief of medicine and responsible for leading the extensive number of services within the medicine division; ranging from the emergency department (A&E) and cardiology to therapies and pharmacy.

He is passionate about patient engagement and the delivery of safe high quality care. He values the opportunity to hear from the people we care for and to ensure that their views are heard. He is a strong advocate of patient involvement in continuing to develop and improve the services we provide.

Dr Mearns is a member of the SASH executive committee and an active member of the transformation guiding team. He is also a senior associate at the Nuffield Trust.

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