London Sport and Exercise Medicine Training Scheme

We aim to set and sustain the highest standards of education, training and assessment in all aspects of sport and exercise medicine. Our mission is to provide world-class consultants equipped with the skills and knowledge to care for those who exercise as part of healthy living.

Why choose this scheme?

With the 2012 Olympics less than four years away, London is set to be the focal point of the sporting world's attention. Training posts in the new specialty of sport and exercise medicine were first offered in August 2007 and are currently being refined and developed.

Posts are based in a variety of institutions, including teaching and district general hospitals and the Olympic Medical Institute.

London's diverse population, now numbering over seven million, draws from a wide range of countries and cultures. SEM trainees have an unrivalled opportunity to treat a variety of sports-related injuries and learn about exercise prescription and its role in primary care.

Who is the head?

Stephen Miles is the acting head of the London Sport and Exercise Medicine Training Scheme.

Our programmes

Training in ST1 and ST2 comprises either core medical training (CMT) or Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS). Entry at ST3 level is also available to fully trained general practitioners. Trainees must then complete four years of SEM specific higher specialty training (ST3 to ST6).

SEM programmes are based at the following hospitals:

Attachments to the Defence Rehabilitation Establishment at Headley Court, Surrey and Chelsea Football Club.  Primary care placements occur in North West London.  Public health placements are based in two East London primary care trusts. Assuming trainees have the requisite knowledge, skills and competencies by the end of ST6, they will complete training and receive a CCT in sport and exercise medicine.

Find out more

To find out more about training in sport and exercise medicine, visit the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine website or the Royal College of Physicians website.

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