Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

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Trust Details

Trust name

Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust

Hospital Site / Clinic (if applicable)

Darent Valley Hospital


Darent Wood Road, Dartford, Kent, DA2 8DA

Trust Switchboard Tel No

01322 428100

Trust web site


Trust foundation web page


Terms and Conditions of employment

Hospital and Dental Staff (England and Wales


Key personnel

Director of Medical Education

Dr Ali Bokhari

Clinical Tutor

Dr Francoise Iossifidis

Foundation Training Programme Director(s)

Dr Mathias Toth FY1

Dr Shahinul Khan FY2

Careers Tutor(s)

Dr Suresh Kumar

Simulation Technician

Patricia Dunmall

Medical Education Manager

Mrs Helen Addison

Medical Staffing Manager

Miss Jade Bourne

Foundation Programme Administrator(s)

Mrs Kirsty Lang (FY1)

 Ms Sanjit Gill (FY2)


Postgraduate Centre

The Philip Farrant Education Centre is a multi-disciplinary Education Centre, which has a number of well-furnished and equipped training rooms. The Medical Education Department is located in the Centre and has an open door policy. The department works with College Tutors and Specialty Leads to ensure training provided meets the educational standards prescribed by the STFS, Royal College and Faculties, GMC and Health Education England. The team will ensure all trainees always receive a warm welcome and the support required.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust has a purpose built Simulation Suite, which opened in 2012, with facilities to deliver simulation using a variety of high fidelity manikins including SimMan 3G, SimMom, Sim Junior and Sim Baby. To facilitate effective learning, the Education Centre’s training rooms are all able to receive video links for observers and to video feedback to assist debriefing.

We have also developed a Clinical Skills Lab, which opened in June 2015, providing learners with the opportunity to practice key clinical skills on purpose built task manikins in a safe environment.

In addition to the protected teaching sessions for each training programme, trainees may book to attend a number of courses including Basic Surgical Skills, Respiratory Training Series, ALS and ILS. For a more extensive list please contact the Education Centre.

There are opportunities for the Foundation Doctors to join the Simulation and Leadership Faculties and work closely with the leads and participate in projects and training.


The accommodation provided is modern, comfortable and located within the hospital grounds. Rooms are available for staff at a reasonable rate and may be booked from one night to the length of the placement at the Trust. The single rooms or apartments will suit staff looking for cost effective, well managed and close to the workplace accommodation.

Social activities

Within the Trust there are a number of activities including the Winter Ball, Summer fetes, Sports Days, Consultant v Trainee cricket and football matches.

Doctors' mess

The Doctors’ Mess is situated near to the Education Centre, and Hospital Restaurant. The comfortable sofas, kitchenette area, TV and PC make it a great area to relax between shifts. The subscription fee is just £10 per month, which is deducted from your salary, and this funds not only the mess amenities, which include tea, coffee and seemingly unlimited snacks – not forgetting Pizza Sundays – but also activities arranged by the Mess Presidents such as special meals, and many evenings out.

Library facilities

The professional library is based adjacent to the Philip Farrant Education Centre and is accessible 24 hours a day.

Services include:
• Enquiries and literature searches
• Information skills training
• Electronic resources, including access to UpToDate
• Book, article and DVD supply
• Computer access
• Printing and photocopying
• Postal services for staff in the community
• Laptops and audio-visual equipment to loan

IT facilities

The IT and AV facilities within the Trust are modern and allow trainees to access all appropriate sites for their training. PCs are available on all wards for educational use and there are a number of PCs within the library. IPods are used for handover and in-patient tracking in Medicine and additional apps are being considered.

Other facilities (Recreational or otherwise)

Within the hospital staff have access to complementary therapy sessions, an on-site gym with a personal fitness adviser, healthy eating and the award winning Occupational Health Lifestyle Programme. A full Hospital Chaplaincy Service is also available.

Local amenities/attractions

Dartford has a range of attractions some of which are very close to the hospital, such as:

Bluewater, one of the largest shopping centres in Europe is a few minutes from the hospital and provides over 330 stores of fashion 40 cafes, bars and restaurants plus cinema, boating lake and mini golf.
David Lloyd Gym, with an extensive range of state of the art facilities, including a swimming pool and racket sports facilities.
Other attractions nearby include the Orchard Theatre, spa facilities, National Trust property, woodland walks and nature trails, museums, motor racing venue (Brands Hatch), golf courses, night clubs and bars. Kent’s beautiful coast is just a short drive away.

Transport links

Dartford has excellent transport links to London and the South Kent Coast.

Dartford is currently served by several main train stations:

Dartford and Greenhithe Train Stations run services to all London main line stations, with the journey time taking between 30 – 40 minutes. The North Kent Line also runs to the Medway towns and the Kent coast. There is a Fastrack bus service from the hospital to the station, which only takes 10 minutes.

Ebbsfleet International Station runs Eurostar services to Paris and Brussels and high-speed services to London St Pancras, Faversham, Margate and Dover. The Fastrack bus service again links Ebbsfleet to Darent Valley Hospital.

For the motorist, Dartford is linked to London via the A2. The A2 links Dartford to the Kent Coast via the M2 motorway which leads to Canterbury, and Dover.

 Access to the M25 London Orbital Motorway is just 5 minutes away and the Dartford Tunnel / Queen Elizabeth II bridge gains access to Essex and the north M25 for travel to the North via the M1 and M11.

The southern section of the M25 gives access to the M20 to Maidstone, Folkestone and Dover, the M23 to Gatwick Airport and Brighton, the A3 to Guildford and Portsmouth, and the M3 to Southampton.

Parking arrangements

On-site parking permits may be applied for.

Accolades/achievements of the trust

  • Investors in People Award
  • HSJ 100 Award
  • Excellent healthcare ratings
  • CHKS Top 40 Hospitals Award
  • Top quartile performer in staff survey

Any additional information

Darent Valley offers a comprehensive range of acute hospital based services to around 400,000 people in North Kent and South East London. The hospital opened in September 2000 and now has 544 inpatient beds.  We offer day-care surgery, general surgery, trauma, orthopaedics, urology, pain services, cardiology, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology, gastroenterology, elderly care, general medicine, ITU and HDU and level 1 care, an acute medical unit, a chemotherapy day unit, a breast unit, maternity, paediatrics and a special care baby unit.  ENT, ophthalmology and Maxfax surgery are provided on the site by other Trusts.  Our chest physicians have the first EBUS service in KSS and we have just opened a combined nephrology/urology unit, which will provide all care around acute renal disease, including acute dialysis and advanced renal stone treatments. Thus DVH offers a very comprehensive range of services as a District General Hospital.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is a growing business and has taken over the running of outpatient, imaging, therapies, elective day care and inpatient services at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup and outpatient, radiology and physiotherapy services at Erith Hospital. In addition we have acquired a ward at a local nursing home, the ‘Elm Unit’ enabling us to transfer selected patients out of the hospital into a community setting awaiting placement or further rehabilitation in specialist units.

With the provision of emergency medical services in South East London changing and our new services Darent Valley Hospital is seeing an increasing number of their residents. This has a knock on effect on the pathology we encounter in A & E, such as an increasing number of sickle cell disease patients and malaria cases, which allows trainees to experience a wider range of pathologies.

Foundation programme specific information

Induction/shadowing arrangements

Foundation Year One Trainees commence in post one week prior to the August 'change-over' date.  Sessions are timetabled to allow incoming F1 Trainees to work alongside the F1 from whom they will be taking over and gain an insight into the role and responsibilities of a Foundation Trainee. The programme for the week includes Trust induction which focuses on the needs of the F1 trainee, ILS training, and other mandatory topics.  F1s have the opportunity to meet the Foundation Leads, Director of Medical Education and the Medical Education Team.  This programme is subject to change based on the FY1 feedback. All incoming F1 Trainees receive the full rate of pay for this period. 

If incoming F2 trainees wish to complete a shadowing placement this can also be arranged through the Medical Education Team.

Educational and clinical supervision

Every Foundation Trainee will be assigned an Educational Supervisor (ES) who will act as Supervisor and Mentor for the twelve months at DVH. The ES will provide regular feedback and advice to ensure the necessary clinical and educational progress is made throughout the Foundation year.

In addition to the above, each trainee will be assigned a Clinical Supervisor (CS) for each placement. The CS is responsible for day-to-day clinical progress and advice relating to the particular specialty.

The ES and CS communicate to ensure you are progressing satisfactorily and information is fed into the Foundation Faculty Group Meetings which are chaired by the Foundation Leads.

Teaching programme

Formal protected teaching specifically for Foundation is delivered at set times. Each Specialty also provides regular weekly lunchtime meetings and monthly half day training/teaching programmes which Foundation Trainees are expected to contribute to by either presenting cases or audits. Specific gaps in a trainee’s skills such as insertion of chest drains and lumbar punctures can also be addressed by the trainee attending the Trust’s Clinical Decisions Unit or ITU where these procedures are regularly performed.

During their stay at DVH, the trainee is expected to enrol in the SCRIPT e-learning programme and complete a set number of modules. Following completion of each module, the trainee will be awarded a certificate. Further details on SCRIPT can be found on the STFS website.

F2 Trainees have the opportunity to receive ALS training within the Trust, if required. The Trust is also prepared to offer F2 Trainees appropriate study leave to further their future careers, provided the trainee has shown commitment to the Foundation Programme and is completing the required assessments etc.

The Trust’s library, besides having a good stock of journals and textbooks, offers regular courses in critical appraisal and literature search, and PCs for internet access. The Trust is also committed to research and, for those trainees who wish to participate, our Research and Development Committee and its manager would be happy to advise.


Foundation Year One and Two Trainees may apply for “taster” periods in other specialties provided they have support from their Educational Supervisor and the Foundation Faculty Board. Tasters are a good opportunity to try specialties that are not included in their rotations. F1 doctors can ‘borrow’ 5 days study leave from their F2 year to undertake tasters.


Participants in simulation at DVH are able to access a wide variety of simulation activities. For Foundation Year Trainees and Core Medical Trainees we provide a multi-professional simulation (MPS) programme with preceptor nurses, focussing on core healthcare topics. This training is built into the protected teaching programme for all Foundation Trainees. 

For further exposure and to help identify human factors in practice an In Situ simulation programme is provided with the simulation team bringing the simulation to the clinical environment where care is delivered.

There are also a variety of simulation based specialist courses delivered with the assistance of clinical specialities such as ED, Diabetes and Endocrine teams and Respiratory teams.

The Clinical Skills Lab is ideal for small group teaching and is designed to support learners with the development of a variety of clinical skills and is supported by part task simulators such as catheterisation, IV insertion and ophthalmology simulators, allowing practice of technique prior to applying skills in supported practice.

Foundation doctor forums

Darent Valley encourages all Foundation Trainees to contribute to and participate in the delivery of medical education. To ensure that communication channels are in place, each cohort of trainees are formally represented by two trainee elected representatives. However, all trainees are welcome at the Foundation Faculty Group Meetings where training is discussed and decisions made.

Any additional information

F1 and F2s are nominated each year for the South Thames Foundation School awards scheme which offers merits in teaching, audit, portfolio and leadership. In addition, Darent Valley offers a number of local awards for outstanding achievements in areas such as audit and teaching.

The Trust is fully committed to the training and development of its entire staff and has strong links with King’s College London Medical School, the Universities of Greenwich and Canterbury, and the South Thames Foundation School. It takes medical students from the GKT/KCL campus and nurse students from Greenwich University, offering foundation trainees teaching opportunities.