Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Specialties Offered for Elective Placements

Elective study periods are available in the following areas. It may be possible to arrange placements in areas not included on the list. Therefore we would advise that you list your preferences clearly on your application form.

Specialties currently available: 

Endocrine Surgery

The Endocrine surgery unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital provides tertiary specialist endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal) surgery for our catchment population of more than two million people in the North Trent Cancer Network. We are a tertiary referral centre for thyroid cancer, reoperative parathyroid and adrenal surgery and perform complex major endocrine surgical benign and cancer operations within the Unit. We have a dedicated thyroid cancer MDT, endocrine MDT and a neuroendocrine MDT and discuss cases from around the region. Additionally, we provide elective surgery for hernia and other benign general surgical conditions. Our unit is well supported by dedicated radiologists, biochemists, pathologists and endocrinologists. We provide the regional endocrinology testing service.

The Consultants provide subspecialty emergency cover and also receive emergency endocrine surgical referrals from the region.

Our unit also has a weekly endocrine surgical meeting to discuss morbidity and mortality statistics, articles from literature, complex cases and ongoing research in the unit.

ENT

Welcome to the Sheffield Pituitary and Anterior Skull Base Service. We hope you have a stimulating and educational time here.
There will be opportunities to
• Attend general and specialised clinics
• Attend emergencies
• See general ENT and general Neurosurgery
• See Anterior Skull Base surgery - Pituitary surgery
• Work with junior doctors including Foundation Doctors on the ward
• Attend MDT meetings
• Attend ward rounds
• Attend other specialties eg Otology, Spinal surgery
• Clerk and present cases
• Make presentations and write papers

General Surgery

Colorectal Surgery is based at the Northern General Hospital and provides General and Colorectal specialist care of the patients of Sheffield and region, serving a population of 2 million.

The Department comprises all major forms of surgery including open, laparoscopic and pelvic floor and is a Regional Training Centre. The facility has an intensive care unit , operating theatres, outpatients, endoscopy and radiology. There are nine Colorectal Surgeons. A number of specialist clinics are undertaken. There are close relationships with the Gastroenterology Department. There are weekly Multi-Disciplinary Team Meetings and a GI Physiology laboratory. Laparoscopic surgery is well established within the Department. There is a weekly Morbidity & Mortality Meeting, a significant event audit and a combined approach to scheduling of workload for Consultants and junior doctors.

Students will have access to all areas (assuming the necessary clearance from the medical school) and we hope very much that they would become a part of the working team. There is a strong teaching ethic and this unit receives very positive feedback from Sheffield students who describe it as a unit where you work hard and learn a lot.

Neurology

The Department of Clinical Neurology based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield , United Kingdom provides neurological services to a population of approximately 2 million people in Sheffield, Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Lincoln and Worksop, as well as some of the Peak District.

Each of these centres has regular outpatient clinics staffed by a Consultant Neurologist. In addition to providing outpatient Neurology services we have two wards at the Royal Hallamshire where acute in-patient services are provided, and a Programmed Investigation Unit which provides day-care treatment and investigation. We have sophisticated teams of nurse specialists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists who ensure continuity and excellence of care in the community. We work closely with neurosurgery, Neuro intensive care, Neuroradiology, Clinical neurophysiology, Neuropathology and Neurorehabilitation services.


The Department trains large numbers of medical students, junior doctors, nurses and, with its close links with the University of Sheffield Academic Neurology Unit, helps train research workers in many Neurological sub-specialities. There is on-going research taking place in many neurological fields both independently, in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies and in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam. The department is very active in research in fields of cerebrovascular disorders, Motor neurone disease, Multiple sclerosis, ataxia, Parkinson’s disease, and genetics

Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Neonatology

This placement is high risk Obstetrics and fetal medicine. A placement may have delivery suite, antental clinic and fetal medicine scanning.

Ophthalmology

The Ophthalmology Department at the Hallamshire Hospital is a large teaching unit with 26 Consultants and a team of advanced nurse practitioners and allied medical assistants and photographers and 12 junior ophthalmologists in training.

Despite this, we are a very friendly and welcoming department and students and observers who have spent time in the Department have always found it a very positive experience.

We cover the whole range of ophthalmology provision, glaucoma, cataracts, cornea, neuro-ophthalmology, paediatrics, strabismus, vitreoretinal surgery, oculoplastic and adenexal surgery and on top of that we are one of only 3 regional centres for eye cancers in England so any student doing an elective with us can get a wide breadth of experience.

We can tailor an elective to the needs and interests of the student and we are very happy to receive students for short or longer electives.

Otology / Neurotology

We run a tertiary level teaching hospital ENT unit. The Department carries out the full range of modern day otology and neurotology:

1. There are dedicated specialist MDT clinics on Hearing and Balance, BAHA and middle ear implants, skull base pathology and these are backed up by regular MDT meetings.
2. Implantable hearing solutions, bone anchored and middle ear implants, aural reconstruction, assessment and rehabilitation of cochlear implants.
3. There are ongoing research projects on sensorineural hearing loss, balance disorders and tinnitus.
4. There are strong links with the Academic units of Medical Imaging and Medical Physics as well as basic sciences laboratories and collaborative research projects are ongoing.
5. Wide range of base of skull surgery, including the surgery of acoustic neuromas undertaken with Neurosurgery.

The unit is supported by a dedicated team of Clinical Scientists, Audiologists, Physiotherapists, Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Hearing Therapists.

Special MDT clinics have been established dealing with cochlear implants, balance disorders, voice problems and skull base surgery.

A number of funded research projects are available to choose from. Many are in conjunction with other departments and the University of Sheffield:
1. Genetics Age related hearing loss.
2. Novel ways of balance assessment.
3. Functional imaging and drug trials in tinnitus
4. Drug trials in the management of Meniere’s Disease

Plastic Surgery

The Department of Plastic Surgery is spread over three sites with all aspects of adult trauma and burns surgery along with elective upper limb surgery, dealt with at the Northern General Hospital.

Paediatric burns and general plastic surgery services are offered at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Elective skin cancer surgery, breast and microsurgical reconstruction is carried out at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Students are welcome to choose the site which interests them most, or have a mixture so that they can gain a flavour of the breadth of the specialty

Renal/Nephrology

The Sheffield Kidney Institute is the Regional Renal Unit for North Trent covering a population of 1.7 million. Services provided include acute and chronic Nephrology as well as the provision of End Stage Renal Failure therapy by modalities including haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation.

There are approximately 70 new transplants performed each year including a live related program which offers laparoscopic donor kidney retrieval. Sheffield Kidney Institute facilities include 3 inpatient wards at the Northern General Hospital along with a 57 station haemodialysis unit, an 18 station satellite dialysis unit in South Sheffield and purpose built outpatient clinic facilities. Clinics are held daily including renal transplant, general nephrology, and dialysis. The surgical team is also involved in the provision of elective and emergency care for upper GI,HPB and General surgical conditions of both renal and non renal patients both in an outpatient and inpatient settings

The experience provided is participation in the above activities.

Respiratory Medicine & Acute Medicine The respiratory medicine department serves the city of Sheffield but is also a tertiary referral centre for the surrounding region.

The department has both in-patients on four wards including a non-invasive ventilation unit. Procedures include bronchoscopy and thoracoscopy. Large numbers of patients attend the many specialist clinics in all areas of respiratory medicine. There are also sub-specialty units in Cystic fibrosis and Pulmonary Hypertension.

The acute medicine department sees large numbers of newly admitted patients with general medical problems each day. These patients are admitted and seen in both the accident and emergency department as well as the GP referral unit. There is a 56-bed acute medical unit where new admissions are assessed and treated. Daily consultant-led ward rounds review these patients and their treatment. After 3 days any patients who still require admission are triaged to another specialty.

Upper GI Surgery The Upper GI unit at the Northern General Hospital provides tertiary specialist Oesophago-Gastric surgery for our catchment population of more than two million people in the North Trent Cancer Network. We are a tertiary referral centre for oesophageal and gastric cancer and perform complex major O-G cancer operations within the Unit. We also provide the regional bariatric service and offer laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and Lap band operations. We have a dedicated bariatric MDT and bariatric dietician service. Additionally, we provide elective surgery for gallstones and other benign conditions including surgery for hiatal hernia and reflux disease. We essentially provide training opportunities for the whole range oesophago-gastric surgery and upper GI endoscopy. We also provide part of the ERCP service and Barrett’s surveillance programme. Our unit is well supported by dedicated interventional radiologists with special interest in upper GI interventions. We provide the regional UGI physiology laboratory service and perform oesophageal function tests.

The Consultants provide subspecialty emergency cover and also receive emergency oesophago-gastric referrals from the region.
Our unit also has a weekly oesophago-gastric cancer MDT to discuss all referrals to the unit. In addition we have a weekly X-ray conference to discuss and plan management of complicated cases. We have a monthly Morbidity and Mortality meeting.

Vascular The Sheffield Vascular Institute, based at the Northern General Hospital, is a tertiary Vascular unit serving the population of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, population of more than 1 million.

We offer the full range of both open and endovascular surgery, including complex thoraco-abdominal repairs both open and endovascular, and endo-venous treatments.

There are 12 consultant radiologists and surgeons, with 2 dedicated angio-suites and 1 dedicated vascular theatre.

There is a weekly neuro-vascular MDT and peripheral and Aneurysms MDT, and a thoracic aortic clinic.

We have close ties with both the university of sheffield and hallam university, with a rich portfolio of research with special interest in exercise physiology and service configuration.

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