Worthing Hospital

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Trust Details

Trust name

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

Hospital Site / Clinic (if applicable)

Worthing and Southlands Hospitals


Lyndhurst Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2DH

Trust Switchboard Tel No

01903 205111

Trust web site


Trust foundation web page


Terms and Conditions of employment

The terms and conditions of service are as set out in the National Terms and conditions of Service for Hospital Medical and Dental Staff as applied by the Trust which are available from the NHS Employers website:(http://www.nhsemployers.org/PayAndContracts/MedicalandDentalContracts/JuniorDoctorsDentistsGPReg/Pages/DoctorsInTraining-JuniorDoctorsTermsAndConditions150908.aspx)

Key personnel

Director of Medical Education

Mr David Beattie

Clinical Tutor

Dr Gordon Caldwell

Foundation Training Programme Director(s)

Dr Rajen Patel - F1 Lead
Dr Anil Garg - F2 Lead

Careers Tutor(s)

Dr Anil Garg

Medical Education Manager

Bebba Smithers
Mrs Sam Vaughan

Medical Staffing Manager

Ms Melanie Clay
Ms Mandi Atkinson

 Foundation Programme Manager

Ms Vinny Hanley

Foundation Programme Administrator(s)

Chrissy Aluko


Postgraduate Centre

The Facilities at the Worthing Health Education Centre (WHEC) are available to hospital staff with priority of the seminar rooms being given for Medical Education meetings.

There are currently 3 seminar rooms within WHEC (further rooms and lecture theatre available from February 2014 due to refurbishment). All rooms have state of the art AV and IT equipment and facilities allow for the recording of sessions so that they can be made available via the intranet.


Limited accommodation is available on a first come, first served basis. Rent for accommodation starts at £370 per month (rents reviewed annually in April)

Social activities

Various social activities are organised via the Doctors' Mess by the Mess Presidents, such as the Annual Doctors Ball, the Doctors Review at Christmas as well as other Charity events.

Doctors' mess

The Doctors’ Mess is located within the hospital. Individual pigeon holes are allocated to all foundation doctors upon starting at the hospital and doctors have use of a TV and pool table. Weekly stocks of food and newspapers are delivered to the Doctors’ Mess, which is funded by the subscription fee.

Library facilities

Worthing hospital has a well stocked library, with a selection of e-resources and fast, efficient document delivery service.

The library staff are friendly and approachable and on hand to undertake literature searchers, upon request. The staff available to provide training on searches for evidence based information.

The library is accessible 24 hours a day, via swipe access.

IT facilities

The library has 14 computer stations available for use to all hospital staff. The IT facilities within the library are accessible 24 hours a day, via swipe access.

Other facilities (Recreational or otherwise)

We have an excellent simulation department which allows all foundation doctors to have simulation sessions. In addition, F1s have a whole day simulation session for which they receive a certificate

There is an excellent restaurant (Shoreline) where sandwiches, hot meals, and beverages can be purchased.

Local amenities/attractions

Worthing hospital is close to the town centre where there are a variety of independent and big chain stores.

The Dome Cinema is in close proximity to the hospital and shows a variety of films within its original Edwardian décor. Shoreham airport is just a short drive away, as is the Brooklands Go Karts track.

There are a selection of gyms, leisure facilities and a brand new swimming pool within walking distance of the hospital. The sea front is a 10 minute walk from the hospital where you will find restaurants, pubs and local cafes for you to enjoy.

Transport links

Worthing Hospital is located within close proximity to both Worthing Central and East Worthing train stations with direct, mainline routes to London Victoria, Portsmouth and Southampton. There are frequent trains to most south coast destinations, including Brighton and its Pavilion.

There is also a frequent bus service to and from the hospital.

Parking arrangements

Parking arrangements are made via the parking office at the hospital. Subject to availability doctors are able to purchase annual hospital parking permits (payable monthly from your salary).

Alternatively, applications can be made to Worthing Borough Council Parking Office in the town centre for a street parking permit.

All other hospital parking is pay and display.

Accolades/achievements of the trust

On 1st  July 2013 Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust became a Foundation Trust, only the second trust (since April 2012) to be approved under Monitor’s new powers to promote and protect the interests of patients.

Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust has been named as a CHKS 40Top Hospital every year since the Trust was formed in 2009.

Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust’s Clinical Skills Laboratory facilities rival some of the best training environments in the NHS.

Any additional information

About Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust was established on 1st April, 2009, as the result of the merger between Royal West Sussex, and Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trusts.

On 1 July, 2013, we gained Foundation Trust status, becoming the first acute Trust in Sussex to achieve this milestone. We were only the second Foundation Trust to be approved under the regulator Monitor’s new powers to promote and protect the interests of patients.

We operate from three major sites: St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, Worthing Hospital, and Southlands Hospital in Shoreham. We serve a population of approximately 450,000 people, and in 2013/14 our annual turnover was approximately £370m.

Both St Richard’s and Worthing hospitals provide a full range of acute hospital care, including accident and emergency services, acute medical care, maternity and children’s services and a range of surgical specialties. Southlands Hospital no longer provides inpatient care but continues to offer outpatient and diagnostic services, and day case procedures.

Our services are predominantly commissioned by the NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, with whom we are committed to providing high quality integrated care across the local health economy.

We are also committed to working closely with our provider of community hospitals, Sussex Community NHS Trust, and the local provider of mental health services, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust does not provide tertiary services and looks towards Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton for these services.

About Worthing Hospital

Worthing Hospital has approximately 500 beds and provides a full range of general acute services including maternity, outpatients, A&E and intensive care.

The hospital primarily serves people living in Worthing, Shoreham-by-Sea and also towns and villages along the coast and in the inland areas of West Sussex.

However, it also offers more specialist services, such as the West Sussex breast screening, to a wider catchment area stretching from Chichester in the west to Brighton in the east.

Foundation programme specific information

Induction/shadowing arrangements

Incoming F1s have 2 full days of shadowing incorporated into their induction, prior to the commencement of their F1 year.

Educational and clinical supervision

As a foundation doctor you will have an educational supervisor allocated to you for the year who will meet with you regularly to discuss your progress and provide educational advice. You will also be allocated a clinical supervisor for each placement who will be responsible for your clinical work and will provide feedback on your progress to the Medical Education Team.

Teaching programme

Dedicated, mandatory teaching takes place weekly across both sites and is available for all foundation doctors to attend. All mandatory teaching is bleep free and trainees must attend at least 70% of teaching to acquire sign-off at the end of the year. All mandatory teaching is recorded and available for viewing via the Post Graduate Medical Education website.

In addition to this, departmental teaching is also frequently delivered and allows foundation doctors the opportunity to present cases.


Both F1s and F2s are encouraged to take Taster Days in specialties that are of interest to them and not covered within their two year foundation programme. These are arranged on an individual basis.


A new Simulation Suite opened on 8th March 2011 at Worthing Hospital giving all foundation doctors the opportunity to attend an Acute Care Simulation training day on-site. Trainees have found these sessions to be highly enjoyable and beneficial to them.

Foundation doctor forums

Foundation Doctor Representatives are required to attend quarterly Local Faculty Group (LFG) meetings to feedback on the views of their peers to the Foundation Faculty.

Quarterly Trainee Forums are run across both sites. All trainees are welcome to attend these to voice their views and opinions on the hospital. These are run as informal, confidential events for trainees, giving trainees the opportunity to feedback honestly and openly. Senior consultants may only attend with prior consent from the attending trainees.

Any additional information

Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust is split over two sites: Worthing and St Richard’s, Chichester. A joint induction is run for all foundation doctors which will be on one site.