Rehabilitation Medicine

Rehabilitation Medicine is the branch of medicine that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities.


Training in rehabilitation medicine requires expertise in a broad range of clinical skills, not only medical, but also psychological, technical and social. A sound knowledge and experience of the wide variety of disorders encountered is necessary together with skills to co-ordinate a range of medical and paramedical expertise, social agencies and personal support services.

Specialists in rehabilitation medicine work closely with allied specialties such as rheumatology, neurology, geriatric medicine and spinal injury.

Higher Specialist Training (HST)


You must have completed Basic Specialist Training in the relevant specialty (or an equivalent programme) by the start date for HST. Please note that not all BST programmes offer consideration of equivalence.

You must have achieved a relevant postgraduate qualification such as MRCPI in General Medicine, General Paediatrics or Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Please note: we have reverted to the previous regulations regarding the examination which were in place before COVID-19. That is, all HST candidates must have successfully passed their MRCPI Clinical Examination relevant to their speciality before their HST interview date. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

You must be currently or previously registered on one of the divisions of the Irish Medical Council, or provide proof of eligibility for registration.

You must have proof of competency in the English language in line with HSE specifications.

You must have demonstrated an aptitude for, and an interest in, that specialty.