The East of England covers the six counties of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire (see map).

This large and diverse region is predominantly rural but includes relatively urbanised areas, particularly in the south and west where it borders onto London.

The region has 18 acute trusts, which include two medical schools, and delivers higher training in all 30 medical specialties except audiological medicine, pharmaceutical medicine and paediatric cardiology.

The school of postgraduate medicine (https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/medicine_home_page) closely monitors the quality of training, with a well-established culture of trainee involvement, including an active higher medical specialty trainees’ group, ensuring that the highest possible standards are achieved.

A particular strength is academic medicine, with the opportunities for research at the Universities of East Anglia and Cambridge being among the best in the world. Taking time out of programme for research and other developmental opportunities is positively encouraged.

All of our programmes provide a good balance of tertiary care and district general hospital placements with opportunities to dually accredit in general medicine where appropriate.

The school provides financial support to our regional training programmes, including simulation activity, and to the highly acclaimed cambridge medical seminars.

There is a strong emphasis on the development of leadership and teaching skills. The region’s senior resident programme, which was developed in conjunction with the Judge business school in Cambridge in order to allow higher trainees to play a part in the senior management structures of their trust, has been expanded to include all the trusts in the region. The school offers a number of bursaries (seven in 2016/17) to trainees taking postgraduate degrees in education. All trusts have been encouraged to appoint quality improvement leads as well as simulation leads to help support these activities at a local level.

Because of its diversity, the East of England offers a wide variety of lifestyles, ranging from easy access to London and all it has to offer in the south to some of the most beautiful rural locations in the country further north. There is something here for everyone!