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University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is an ESMO-SIOG Geriatric Oncology Recommended Institution

Training Experience Required

The fellow will be medically qualified with very good proficiency in spoken and written English, with an interest in geriatric oncology as evidenced in their portfolio. They may be in the discipline of geriatrics or oncology (surgical, radiation or medical). They will primarily be spending time in our institution as an observer. Involvement in clinical work will only be
considered if they have a license to practise along with the suitable type of registration as recognised by the General Medical Council.

General description of the institute

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 July 2018 by two Trusts coming together; formerly Burton Hospitals and Derby Teaching Hospitals. The new organisation has the expertise of 13,000 staff across five hospitals, with an annual budget of over £870 million. It is now one of the largest hospital providers in the region. As a University Hospital we are a research active Trust and work closely with the National Institute for Health Research and our partner
universities in Nottingham, Derbyshire and others. In 2020, we have treated 4,437 new patients with cancer, including the
delivery of surgery, biological/chemo/immuno/radiotherapy as initial therapy in 2,193 and 1,252 respectively. Out of these, 3,139 were over the age of 65 years. The commonest tumour sites treated were urological, skin, breast and lung.


The ESMO/SIOG Geriatric Oncology Fellowship programme is designed by the following team with their discipline and expertise highlighted. We will organise for the fellow to spend time with them according to their interests and preferences.

Mr Summi Abdul

Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist & Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeon

  • Gynaecological cancers
Professor Kwok-Leung Cheung

Professor of Breast Surgery and Medical Education, University of Nottingham
Consultant Breast Surgeon

  • Lead of the programme
  • SIOG UK National Representative
  • Breast cancer
  • Research on primary breast cancer in older women
  • Symposium on Primary Breast Cancer in Older Women
Dr Prantik Das

Consultant Clinical Oncologist

  • Associate Clinical Director in Oncology
  • Clinical oncology
Mr Ahmed El-Sharkawy

Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon

  • Oesophageal and gastric cancers
Dr Joanne Pattinson

Consultant Physician

  • Assistant Clinical Director, Department of Medicine for the Elderly
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Surgical liaison service
Mr Stephen Thomas

Consultant Urologist

  • Cancer Lead Clinician for the Trust
  • Urological surgery
Mr Samson Tou 

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Robotic surgery


The fellow will primarily spend time at Royal Derby Hospital where most of the dedicated cancer treatment facilities are based. They include dedicated operating theatres and equipment for breast surgery, gynaecological oncology and robotic surgery. Within Oncology, we have a combined day unit for delivering outpatient oncological therapies including biological/immuno/chemotherapy, a specialist outpatient clinic, and radiation facilities.Through Professor Cheung as the lead of the programme, there is potential access to visit the University of Nottingham facilities within the Academic Unit for Translational Medical Sciences in the School of Medicine.

Host Institute NHS University Hospitals of Derby and Burton

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