What to Expect
Your first two years of HST will be spent in full-time clinical SpR posts in Ireland. After that, you can continue to train in full-time posts in Ireland, or you can start a period of full-time research or develop a subspecialty interest.
Your HST programme will incorporate the following core elements:
- At least two years in acute general paediatrics, in inpatient and outpatient settings, with general on-call not less than one-in-six
- 12 months in general paediatrics, including three months of community paediatrics
- 12 months continuous experience in neonatal intensive care
- Experience in assessment and treatment of children in accident & emergency departments
- Experience in large teaching hospitals with academic activity
- At least one year in a subspecialty, the preferred option being training in a number of subspecialties.
You can apply for up to 12 months’ credit towards your Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) for research undertaken during HST. This is optional but encouraged.
During the annual allocation of SpR posts, we will endeavour to be as flexible as possible, within the confines of your specialty requirements, to allow you to develop a subspecialty interest.
In addition to supervised clinical training in the hospital, you will attend a number of mandatory courses and study days. The courses run by RCPI are linked below; in addition, you must complete:
- Informing families of their child’s disability – Available on www.informingfamilies.ie under Information for Professionals
- Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS)
- Neonatal Resuscitation Programme (NRP)
- STABLE programme – Run by hospitals