London / KSS Specialty School of Clinical Oncology

School Introduction

The London / KSS Specialty School of Clinical Oncology offers dynamic and challenging training for over 120 trainees at 13 leading hospitals throughout London and the south east.

Our progressive programmes are designed to cover all aspects of the specialty. Practical experience is gained in treatment planning for radiotherapy, cytotoxic chemotherapy and immunotherapy as well as palliative care and the managerial aspects of providing a cancer service. At the same time there is formal training in radiation physics, pharmacology, statistics, cell biology and radiobiology.

Trainees are taught to communicate effectively through integration in teams of specialist nurses, radiographers, physicists, surgeons and other clinicians from the outset. We also encourage time out of programme either in research through clinical trials or translational research or time spent abroad.

Our programmes

Our training programmes rotate across two regions in London and the south east of England:

North, East & Central

North Middlesex University Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, Mount Vernon Hospital, University College London Hospital, Queen’s Hospital (BHR Trust) and St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

South, West & KSS

Charring Cross & Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Guy’s & St Thomas' Hospital, Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Maidstone General Hospital, Royal Marsden Hospital (Fulham & Sutton) and the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Expected programme completion time is five years. Trainees are assessed through the Fellowship Examination of The Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR).

FRCR part I, covering the basic cancer sciences of radiation physics, pharmacology, statistics, cell biology and radiobiology, is sat from the first year of specialist training. FRCR part II, needed to progress to years 4 and 5, deals with the basic management of malignant diseases. Years 4 and 5 allow trainees to broaden their experience while providing time for research and opportunities to develop their management skills.

 Head of School   Suzy

Suzannah is a consultant clinical oncologist at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (part of East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust). She was previously Training Programme Director of the North Thames rotation and she is chair of the Specialist Training Committee.

Suzannah’s clinical interests are in the management of lung, upper and lower GI malignancies. She has a major interest in and commitment to improving medical education and has developed the preparation course for the Part II FRCR exam. She is also an RCR examiner for the Part 2b clinical examination.