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Specialist Trainees will participate in regular FRCR training (including the Module B of the London MSc course on Thursdays), leading to the FRCR Part 2 examination at the end of the third year. There is an option to complete the MSc.

Years 4 and 5

A further four, six month clinical attachments will be undertaken. Specialist Trainees are encouraged to present research projects at National and International Meetings in the form of posters and/or oral presentations. It may also be possible to undertake an elective period or fellowship outside of the rotation during this phase of training (although additional funding may be required).

Rotation to the department of Medical Oncology in Oxford and or to Palliative Care for a period not exceeding six months in either or both of these disciplines is encouraged.


Oxford: On-call 1:14 (non-resident, specialist cross cover with Medical Oncology).There is also a 1:24 split-week of nights as medical cover for the Hospital@Night project on the Churchill site, that you will take part in during your first two years of training.

Reading: On call 1:5 (non –resident)

Trust Information

(A) Description of Specialty Services Provided in Oxford:

The New Oxford Cancer Centre provides an oncology service for Oxfordshire Health Authority and Stoke Mandeville (Bucks), High Wycombe (Bucks) and Swindon (Wiltshire) hospitals.

The service in the North of the Thames Valley Cancer Network consists of:


Radiation therapy given at the Churchill to either out-patients or in-patients,  


Chemotherapy given at the Churchill or at DGH clinics. For more intensive chemotherapy schedules patients are admitted to the ward at the Churchill. Electronic prescribing using “Aria”.


New patient and follow-up service. Most consultants hold at least one DGH clinic per week, with combined clinics, new patient clinics, and follow-up clinics. Also at most of these chemotherapy is provided.

a)     Department Consultants in Oxford:  

Dr Chris Alcock

Dr Claire Blesing (Clinical Director)

Dr David Cole (Educational Supervisor)

Dr Bernadette Lavery

Dr Elaine Sugden

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