Medway NHS Foundation Trust

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Trust Details

Trust name

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Hospital Site / Clinic (if applicable)

Medway Maritime Hospital

Address

Windmill Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 5NY

Trust Switchboard Tel No

01634 830000

Trust web site

www.medway.nhs.uk

Trust foundation web page

www.medway.nhs.uk

Terms and Conditions of employment

National Health Service Hospital Medical & Dental Staff and Doctors in Public Health Medicine and Community Health Service (England and Wales) Terms and Conditions of Service.

Key personnel

Director of Medical Education

Mr Jeremy Davis, Hospital Medicine
Dr Tariq Hussain, General Practice

Clinical Tutor

Dr Naser Ben-Ramadan

Foundation Training Programme Director(s)

Dr Marietta Higgs, Foundation Training Programme Director and FY2 Lead
Miss Sharon Griffin, FY1 Lead

Careers Tutor(s)

Dr Bov Jani, Consultant Paediatrician

Medical Education Manager

Ms Lynne Russell   lynne.russell@medway.nhs.uk

Medical Staffing Manager

Mrs Sue Ahmad   sue.ahmad@medway.nhs.uk

Foundation Programme Administrator(s)

Vanessa Davis vanessa.davis@medway.nhs.uk

Facilities

Postgraduate Centre

The Postgraduate Centre and Library are located adjacent to the Hospital.  The Medical Education Department is located in the Postgraduate Centre and the DME and Foundation Leads can be contacted there.  You will be assured of a warm welcome and supportive staff.  The Simulation Suite includes a 3/4-bedded ward area, communication skills room, and “home” room, as well as the main scenario room.  HR is also located in the building.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at a competitive rate. The Staff Residence Manager, who can be contacted on 01634 830000 ext. 3830, will be happy to discuss accommodation and charges. There is a good supply of rental properties locally, should you wish to rent off site.

Social activities

There is a very active social programme arranged by the Doctors’ Mess. There is an onsite Social Club open Monday to Friday 7pm to 11pm, where the drinks are inexpensive.

Doctors' mess

Hidden behind an unmarked door, opposite the chapel you will find the doctors’ mess. It has Sky TV, comfortable sofas and computers. There are lockers and a pool table and plenty of tea and coffee making facilities, plus a toaster for the all-important toast,without which a hospital would not run. The notice boards hold information on allimportant Mess nights out, including the Summer and Christmas Grand Balls. Mess parties are often held onsite, in the Social Club. The role of Mess President is usually held by a Foundation trainee.

Library facilities

The Library is housed within the Postgraduate Centre and is open from 8.30 am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, where you will find the friendly library team ready to help you. There is access to a wide range of educational resources, with an extensive, multi-professional collection of books and journals to support your learning. 

IT facilities

Computers with internet access are available across most of the Trust, including several workstations in the Library. Parts of the Centre are wireless and laptops are available for use within this area.

Other facilities (Recreational or otherwise)

  • The Medway NHS Foundation Trust, at Medway Maritime Hospital, is located in Gillingham, Kent, one of the towns on the banks of the River Medway known collectively as the Medway Towns.  Medway Maritime Hospital is the largest and busiest in Kent, employs over 3,500 staff and serves an increasing population of over 370,000 in the Medway and Swale areas of the county. 
  • Medway is characterised by a highly populated urban area around the River Medway estuary, to the north and west of which lie substantial rural areas.  Medway is also part of the Thames Gateway, a national priority area for regeneration and growth. The Medway towns include several areas of high social deprivation – consequently, health needs are higher than in other parts of Kent.
  • Medway Maritime Hospital was originally a Royal Naval Hospital, opened by King Edward VII in 1905.  The Hospital cost £800,00 and the hospital clock tower, a local landmark cost £100 and was built from funds left over from the plastering budget from the main hospital building. 

Over 100 years later it has become:

  • The largest single hospital in Kent
  • First Foundation Trust in Kent
  • Has an annual turnover of circa £215 million
  • Sees 440,000 patients per annum
  • Has 720 beds.

Local amenities/attractions

Many of our doctors commute from London and the M25 corridor, but there is a wealth of history in Rochester and the historic Chatham Dockyard should you choose to live locally. Rochester is very popular for eating out and nearby Maidstone has many clubs and bars for an exciting night out. We are only 20 minutes by road from Bluewater, one of the largest shopping centres in the UK, which also houses bars, restaurants and a full Cineplex.

Transport links

  • 45 minutes by train from Victoria and 50 minutes on a fast service from London Bridge and 35 minutes from St Pancras.
  • 20 minutes from Ebbsfleet International and fast links to the Continent.
  • Easy access to A2, M2, M25 and M20.

Parking arrangements

Parking permit applications will be included in your starter pack from HR Recruitement Services and payment will be deducted from your monthly salary.

Accolades/achievements of the trust

Medway NHS Foundation Trust takes pride in its reputation as a hardworking and friendly environment to train and work in. It was one of the first Trusts in the country to achieve Practice Plus status for Improving Working Lives and has developed clear vision and values to ensure that it is the first choice for patients and staff. 

The Foundation Faculty was recognised for its achievements working and supporting Trainees in Difficulty.

Any additional information

The Trust offers a full range of acute hospital services, plus:

  • Regional neonatal service and transport
  • Sub-regional vascular surgery centre
  • Sub-regional urology cancer centre
  • Sub-regional dermatology centre
  • Specialist spinal surgery service
  • Specialist fetal medicine service
  • Cardiac catheter suite
  • Macmillan Cancer Care Unit

The Trust is working with neighbouring Darent Valley Hospital to provide enhanced services for the joint population of North Kent.

The Trust is committed to training and has links to local Higher Education Institutions. As an associated teaching hospital we welcome medical students from King’s College London Medical School, Brighton and Imperial College.  You will have the opportunity to participate in their teaching if they are allocated to your team.

Foundation programme specific information

Induction/shadowing arrangements

Shadowing will be undertaken, as part of your FY1 induction week, at the end of July.  You will complete ILS and ALERT at this time, if you have not already done so when you arrive.

Educational and clinical supervision

The name of your educational and clinical supervisors for the entire programme will be confirmed at induction. All educational supervisors have been trained for the role.

Teaching programme

There is a dedicated, bleep-free weekly teaching programme for  FY1.  FY2  have 18 study days per annum.  There are many excellent learning opportunities in specialties.  You are actively encouraged to make the most of the opportunities available.

Tasters

Maximum of 5 days may be taken in the last 4 months of the F1 year and deducted from the allocation in F2. These should be arranged locally by you at a time convenient to the specialty you are working in and the proposed Taster specialty. Details of the contacts in each specialty are available from the Foundation Administrator and Medical Education Manager. 

Simulation

There is a simulation area in the Postgraduate Centre for adult, birthing mum, child, baby and neonatal learning.  You are required to undertake simulation as part of your learning at FY1 and FY2.

Foundation doctor forums

You will be asked to choose a F1 and F2 Representative to support the Local Faculty Group and represent your views at these meetings. They will canvas your opinions by holding a forum three times a year, sometimes electronically, before the Local Faculty Group Meetings in November, March and June.

Any additional information

The Medical Education Department is located on the ground floor of the Postgraduate Centre and the DME and Foundation Leads can be contacted there.