We aim to provide the highest quality of training and deliver the college curricula while exceeding national standards.

Trainers and trainees will feel part of a valued training environment, promote excellence and encourage academic training, research and innovation. We work closely with the Royal College of Physicians and NHS London to achieve these aims.

Why choose this school?

The London School of Medicine and Medical Specialties supports some of the best training in the UK. Trainees will gain experience in world-class research and clinical institutions, including:

London offers the greatest diversity of opportunity. The capital has the widest range of patients, disease and innovative clinical practice, in addition to dedicated trainers.

Training is widely recognised as a core activity of NHS London and we have excellent relationships with the NHS and the universities. The school supports its trainees through clinical training days, offering tuition in academic and teaching skills. We also encourage trainees to undertake full time research degrees.

Although London is a large metropolitan area, generally trainees will have training within one sector (e.g. NE London). They will have exposure to both district general hospitals and teaching hospitals in all rotations.

Who is the head?

Karen Le Ball

The head of the London School of Medicine and Medical Specialties is Dr Karen Le Ball.

Karen graduate from University College Medical School and subsequently trained in general and Geriatric medicine in Essex and London. Karen has been a consultant geriatrician in South London for 18 years.

Karen completed a Master’s Degree in Medical Ethics and Law at King’s College London and has been chair of the British Geriatrics Society Special Interest Group in Medical Ethics. She is currently Vice Chair of the UK Clinical Ethics Network and founder and chair of the local clinical ethics forum.

Our programmes

We offer training programmes across London in core medicine (CT1 and CT2 levels). These two-year programmes generally rotate through tertiary centres and DGHs. Rotations vary with either four or six month attachments to a wide variety of specialties.

Training at ST3 level and above is available in 27 medical specialties ranging from audiological medicine, clinical neurophysiology and nuclear medicine to all the large core specialties. Programmes rotate through tertiary centres and cover all aspects of the curricula.

Our training programmes involve rotations through several hospitals. We offer dual training in general medicine with subspecialty training, where appropriate. In addition to clinical training, we encourage trainees to develop skills in research, teaching or management.