William Harvey Hospital

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Trust Details

Trust name

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Hospital Site / Clinic (if applicable)

William Harvey Hospital


Kennington Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0LZ

Trust Switchboard Tel No

01233 633331

Trust web site


Trust foundation web page


Terms and Conditions of employment

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Key personnel

Director of Medical Education

Dr Prathiba Bandipalyam

Clinical Tutor

Dr Sarah Birks

Foundation Training Programme Director

Dr Joanna Davis



Medical Education Manager

Rags Subramaniam 
June Toms

Medical Staffing Manager

Ms Kim Fishlock

Foundation Programme Administrator

Lauren McKenzie


Postgraduate Centre

A modern and well equipped Education Centre is based on site with a well-equipped Clinical Skills Lab, Seminar Room for teaching and Tutorial Room all with dual screen projection and facilities for power point.  There is an air conditioned Lecture Theatre which seats 96 people with facilities for a full range of media and a visualiser for projecting images of transparencies, documents and objects and video conferencing facilities.  There is also a large Conference room which can be used by individuals and groups for meetings and teaching sessions, a projector screen and audio system are also installed in this room.


Accommodation is on site with both single and married accommodation available.  Accommodation is charged at current rates.  Please contact accommodation.whh@serco.com for all enquiries and information on rooms.

Social activities

The Medical Education directorate at EKHUFT has seen other Trusts adopting its innovative Social Induction Programme for Foundation Doctors. Organised by the outgoing FP doctors, this sees a programme of events and activities in the induction week evenings/weekend that allows new FP doctors to socialize with those whose jobs they are taking over.  The programme of social events includes a trust-wide social evening to enable new doctors to meet up with the F1s from all 3 sites.

The Education Centre organises ad-hoc events including days out of local interest in conjunction with Mess Doctors.

Doctors' mess

William Harvey Hospital boasts an extremely active mess that is popular with all Doctors including medical students.  With plush leather sofas and a full-sized pool table, it is busy at all times of the day.  Mess events are regularly organized and the committee is very pro-active in providing entertainment.  The mess is located next to the hospital restaurant and is easily accessible.  The mess subscription fee is £10 per month.

Library facilities

Library and Knowledge Services

There is a well-stocked multi-disciplinary library located within the WHH Education Centre. The library is staffed between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday with 24hr access available outside these core hours via a library security key fob, obtainable from library staff. There are 9 open access PCs available for use together with printing, copying and scanning facilities, as well as a separate Library Quiet Study room.

Using your NHS OpenAthens account (the libraries are the Athens administrators for the Trust) you can access powerful clinical knowledge tools such as UpToDate, BMJ Case Reports and Elsevier’s Clinical Key. We are part of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) network of Healthcare Libraries which provides extensive resources, both printed and electronic. You can access the main healthcare databases and also search thousands of full-text journals and hundreds of eBooks both on and off site. We can track down journal articles, request books from other libraries and run literature searches.

Our qualified staff can provide support for research, appraisal, career planning and other academic and professional activities as well as assisting and advising with the preparation of content for publication.

See www.ekhuft.nhs.uk/libraries for further information and contact details.

IT facilities

Open access computers are available in the library and resource area for junior doctors providing access to Microsoft Office products.  Wi-Fi is available for Trust devices to connect to the NHS network.  There is also a separate system for Public Internet access.  The teaching rooms and Lecture Theatre also have Internet access.  The Medical Illustrations department is available to support doctors in producing posters, storing images and using more sophisticated technology.  The Trust issues members of staff with an encrypted memory stick available from the Library.

Other facilities (Recreational or otherwise)

The William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, is one of three acute hospitals forming the East Kent Hospital Trust covering a catchment area with a total population of approximately 600,000.  The Trust provides a comprehensive range of acute and specialist services to the local area and works in partnership with Mid Kent Healthcare NHS Trust for provision of oncology services.  The William Harvey Hospital is a modern district general hospital undergoing continual expansion as it is sited within a designated growth area.  The hospital is located on the outskirts of Ashford close to the Ashford International Station and adjacent to the M20.  It has 488 beds and covers General Medicine (including Coronary Care Unit), General Surgery, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Paediatrics (including 2 HDU beds) offering a special care and a neonatal intensive care unit, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, ENT and Ophthalmology.  A new Maxillo Facial Centre has recently located to William Harvey.  There is an x-ray and new MRI department and the East Kent Pathology Department and Microbiology department is based here.

Local amenities/attractions

Ashford is a growing town which is within a few miles of some of the most beautiful countryside in the South of England and also within easy reach of the sea.  The hospital is close to the M20 with very convenient access to Dover, Folkestone and the Channel Tunnel (for the car shuttle).  There are many attractive and interesting places to visit, including Canterbury, Tenterden, Rye, Dover Castle, Leeds Castle and many unspoiled villages and areas of interest such as Romney Marsh.  The town itself has a recently extended Leisure Centre, 18-lane bowling alley, a bustling high street and a newly built shopping centre with department store and a good range of shops.  A cinema with parking for 600 cars is situated just a few minutes away from hospital off junction 9 of the M20 with a variety of places to eat, a gym and a night club.  Ashford Designer Outlet mall is within walking distance of Ashford International station.

Transport links

The hospital is located on the outskirts of Ashford not far from the Ashford International Station and adjacent to junction 10 of the M20.  Transport links to London are quick, direct and frequent and travelling to Paris takes just over two hours or to Lille in one hour by Eurostar.  Travelling to West Kent, Canterbury and the coast is also straightforward, allowing you the freedom to explore more of Kent at your leisure.

Parking arrangements

There are several staff car parking areas around the hospital close to the main reception as well as pay and display car park.  It is the responsibility of staff members to apply for a parking permit prior to commencing placements.

Accolades/achievements of the trust

  • Monitor governance rating – Green; the highest level
  • 2011 Safer Clinical Systems, Health Foundation award – improving discharge processes for the frail elderly
  • Best of Health Awards – Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (pPCI) – Outstanding contribution to Healthier people
  • Health Service Journal - pPCI -highly commended
  • Nursing Times - Infection control runner up
  • Annual UK Stroke conference – best scientific paper
  • 2011 British Renal Society/Renal Association Conference – Acute Kidney Injury, best abstract
  • Award to review clinical handovers between medical staff over weekend and Bank Holiday periods
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Havelock Training Award 2011 – the finance team were the national award winners for this award which recognises a significant contribution made towards finance skills development

Any additional information

Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust, established in 1999, is one of the largest hospital Trusts in England, with five hospitals and several outpatient facilities across East Kent and Medway. For more information, please go to our website – www.ekhuft.nhs.uk.

William Harvey Hospital includes robotic facilities both in the Pathology department as well as Pharmacy. William Harvey Hospital has a dedicated stroke unit, which undertakes thrombolysis for acute stroke. There is a recently expanded cardiac catheter laboratory which undertakes therapeutic interventions including angiograms and angioplasties, permanent pace maker insertions and intraventricular defibrillator insertions. Cardio-thoracic Surgeons visit the hospital every fortnight to hold joint meeting with cardiologists and discuss cases. This is the Kent Cardiac centre for primary angioplasty since 2010.

A satellite Renal dialysis centre was opened on site and the hospital has the single Head & Neck unit which includes ENT, Ophthalmology and maxillo-facial services. There is a dedicated Day surgery unit (Channel day surgery), as well as dedicated Endoscopy and Chemotherapy (Celia Blakey) units. The intensive care unit has four dedicated intensivists and is accredited for specialist intensive care training.

Foundation programme specific information

Induction/shadowing arrangements

All new F1 doctors are invited in prior to starting their contract in August to undertake a week of shadowing the existing F1 doctors.

Educational and clinical supervision

All Foundation doctors are allocated an educational supervisor at the beginning of first placement.  The ES works closely with the Foundation doctor and has regular meetings throughout the year and is able to offer careers support and advice as needed.  For the second and subsequent rotations, each trainee has a clinical supervisor for day to day supervision and educational meetings.  All ES and CS are QESP compliant.

Teaching programme

There are 21 F1 posts forming different rotations involving Medicine, Surgery, Care of the elderly, ITU, A&E, Paediatrics and Psychiatry.  Almost all the posts rotate through the Clinical Decisions Unit to give experience in assessing and managing acutely unwell patients.  Rotations involving ITU and A&E provide good experience in not only dealing with acutely ill patients but also in improving procedural skills and learning new ones.  The F1 doctors have protected teaching times on Tuesday and Thursday.  They are also encouraged to teach and work towards Recognition of Teaching Award supported by the Deanery.  One of the F1 doctors is voted to be the representative at Foundation Faculty.  There are 24 F2 posts which form eight different rotations involving Medical sub specialities, Surgery, ENT, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Obs & Gynae, Microbiology, A&E, and General Practice. Placements for GP can be located up to 25 miles apart due to rural location; however all are easily reached by public transport.  These posts provide valuable experience for wide ranging interests and complement each other well.  The Obs & Gynae dept at WHH was rated as the best in KSS Deanery in the 2008 PMETB survey of junior doctors.  ENT and Ophthalmology boast of very good and well organised teaching and training programmes.  The F2 doctors have protected teaching every Thursday p.m.  There is F2 representation at the Foundation Faculty.  Careers advice ranges from one-to-one to group advice about planning the applications to arranging mock interviews to improve interview skills.


The Taster session is an opportunity to gain experience in a specialty to which the F2 may not otherwise gain exposure and would require the F2 to demonstrate a pro-active approach towards planning and arranging their time and learning in the specialty in order to gain maximum benefit.   Taster sessions must also clearly relate to the individual’s PDP and career aspirations.


Simulation based learning can provide junior doctors with a unique insight into their own behaviours and non-technical skills when dealing with complex clinical situations. Here in East Kent you will be given the opportunity to experience simulation based learning as part of the weekly teaching programme as well as on formally organised study courses. We have a dedicated simulation faculty who will support you during the simulated scenario sessions and provide a structured educational debrief. A variety of emergency ward based situations can be replicated allowing foundation doctors to rehearse their crisis management skills and reinforce their clinical knowledge. A wide range of simulated clinical encounters are used to build confidence and self-awareness for your future roles. F1 doctors are expected to attend one whole day simulation day and F2 doctors are invited to sign up for the 'Managing the Critically Ill Patient Course' which takes place in April each year.

Any additional information

The Medical Education Directorate in EKHUFT has successfully organised a Recognition of Teaching Programme for the teaching of medical students by Foundation Doctors. FD’s receive letters of recognition from the Director of Medical Education for their participation in this scheme.  These doctors then became eligible for STFS Certificate of Merit award for an outstanding contribution to teaching.

MedStart is a new initiative where FD’s can become involved in teaching and planning OSCE style stations to local school students interested in a career in medicine.

The Medical Education Directorate host an annual Oscar-style Health Education Awards evening. We recognise that our transient population of medical students and training doctors do not always receive sufficient recognition for their contribution to the Trust during their placements/posts. An enjoyable evening in the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, hosted by BBC South East’s Rob Smith, provides us with the opportunity to celebrate professionalism, teaching excellence, leadership and research and development with a range of awards and with an overall award for Junior Doctor of the Year.  Dr Prathibha, Director of Medical Education, has commented ‘Our junior doctors contribute a great deal while they are with us and we hope that East Kent has a real role to play in helping to shape them as the professional, competent and compassionate doctors of the future.’ The evening is a lot of fun and the awards, both physical and in certificate form, are great additions to any portfolio/CV.