Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust

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Trust Details

Trust name

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust

Hospital Site / Clinic (if applicable)

Royal Surrey County Hospital


Egerton Road, Guildford, GU2 7XX

Trust Switchboard Tel No

01483 571122 x 2508/4378

Trust web site

Trust foundation web page

Terms and Conditions of employment

The post is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service of Hospital Medical and Dental staff as modified from time to time. Current copies of these Terms and Conditions may be seen in the HR Office.

All staff appointments are made subject to the receipt of satisfactory references and all initial appointments to the national health service are made subject to satisfactory medical and police clearance being produced. A medical examination may be necessary on initial appointment and periodically thereafter.

Key personnel

Director of Medical Education

Dr Jane Tilley

Clinical Tutor


Foundation Training Programme Director(s)

Miss Julie Kohls-Gatzoulis (F1)
Dr Shilpa Gajjar (F2)
Dr Bhavesh Patel (F2)

Careers Tutor(s)

Mrs Louise Duffield

Medical Education Manager

Mrs Louise Duffield

Medical Staffing Manager

Amanda Brown

Foundation Programme Manager

Mrs Tracey Cookman

Foundation Programme Co-ordinator(s)

Miss Annabel Pee (F1)
Mrs Tracey Cookman (F2)


Postgraduate Centre

The education centre is on site and houses a library with 24 hour access and a simulation suite for clinical teaching and a communication skills room which is recognised as a centre of excellence for simulation by KSS.


Several types of accommodation are available.
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Social activities

There is a social club on site.

Doctors' mess

There is an active Doctors mess which is usually run by the F1s. The current mess holds regular Mess events.

Library facilities

Library Facilities

  • 24 hour access to the library and PCs.
  • WIFI
  • Helpful library staff available to assist Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm.
  • Seminar room available to book for group study / journal clubs.
  • Access to full text electronic journals via Athens plus a range of print journals.
  • Good range of core textbooks available for loan.
  • Fast and efficient inter-library loan service for items not held by the library.
  • Looking for the latest evidence and information? Use our literature searching service and let us find it for you.
  • Want to update and improve your searching skills? The library team provides full training in the effective use of medical databases and e-journals.
  • Located within the Education Centre.

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IT facilities

9 networked PCs in the Learning Resource Centre plus a further 8 with external broadband access.

Other facilities (Recreational or otherwise)

The Surrey Sports park is located nearby.

Local amenities/attractions

Living in Guildford and Surrey

Guildford and the surrounding area is a great place to live. It is a busy city, and only 35 minutes from London by train. Guildford has all the amenities that you could need - great shopping, outstanding schools, extensive sports and leisure facilities, good restaurants, multi-screen cinema in the town centre and access to beautiful countryside. Around Guildford you will find some of the most attractive villages in the South East, providing an alternative to the city life.

The Royal Surrey is only 10 minutes by bus from Guildford train station and a 30 minute walk. 

More information about living in Surrey can be found on Surrey County Council’s website.

Transport links

The city is located just off the A3 and is only 15 minutes from the M25 (J10) and 45 minutes from the south coast. 

Parking arrangements

On-site parking permits can be applied for.

Accolades/achievements of the trust

The Royal Surrey County Hospital is a leading General Hospital and specialist tertiary centre for cancer, Oral and Maxillo-facial surgery and pathology.  The hospital serves a population of 320,000 for emergency and general hospital services and is the lead specialist centre for cancer patients in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire, serving a population of 1.2 million. 

Our annual income is £257 million and we have 527 beds and 14 operating theatres.  We employ approximately 3,000 staff, making us the second largest employer in Guildford.  We have very close links with the University of Surrey and have an extensive education, training and research portfolio. 

The Trust has a very strong reputation for minimally invasive surgery and laparoscopic surgery is used widely across the surgical specialties.  The trust is a national leader in surgical training and laparoscopic surgery and MATTU (Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit) is one of the most advanced training centres for this type of surgery.  It has also been designated as a national training centre for laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

Any additional information

The Royal Surrey County Hospital is a district general hospital with a few differences. It has a tertiary referral cancer centre (St. Lukes) providing care for patients from a large catchment area. Many surgical firms also offer complex surgery to patients from a wide area. There is an efficient, well run A&E department with separate medical and surgical assessment units. Stroke services include an acute stroke unit and 24/7 thrombolysis. 

There are strong links with University of Surrey supporting academic excellence.

Foundation programme specific information

Induction/shadowing arrangements

We organise a Professional Practice Week/Induction for F1 doctors. All FY2 doctors are invited to meet the Foundation Programme Director prior to their start date.

Educational and clinical supervision

The Education Supervisor who is also your Clinical Supervisor for your first attachment who will have responsibility for your education throughout the year. They will agree your personal development plan, discuss career progression and make recommendation to the Faculty with regard to sign off. In addition you will also be supported by a Clinical Supervisor as you rotate through your attachments who will be responsible for your teaching and supervision whist you are on their firm.

Teaching programme

In August 2014, there will be 34 FY1 posts rotating through medical, surgical and psychiatry specialties. 30 of these posts comprise of three 4 month placements and 4 of these posts of two 6 month placements to maximise exposure to different specialties. There will be 33 F2 posts. These comprise of three 4 month placements also. We have been able to accommodate changes to these rotations with internal swaps where educationally appropriate.

F1 Doctors

The F1 rota is EWTD compliant.  The rota is consistent in all specialties across medicine and surgery and is based on a continuous fifteen week cycle rotating throughout the year.  The rota includes acute weeks, where the F1 doctor is on call and non-acute weeks where they are ward-based.

In the F1 programme we adopt a variety of learning approaches. These include ward based clinical teaching, exposure to outpatients and theatres, group learning, private study, simulation, reflective practice, audit projects as well as regular weekly teaching.

“The Royal Surrey is a lovely place to work. Everybody’s really friendly and genuinely approachable. As an F1 you get a lot of good on-call experience. Nights and weekends are scary at first, but you learn a lot.” Louise Cripps, F1 doctor at Royal Surrey County Hospital.

F2 Doctors

Study leave entitlement is usually 10 days but is more in some specialties with fixed rotas which include choice weeks. F2 doctors are encouraged to use this time to complete ALS and then to focus on career choice and developing their portfolios. All F2 doctors receive 3 sessions on Careers within the teaching programme, organised by the Careers Lead, and have 2-3 individual career meetings with the Foundation Director and Careers Lead for the Trust. The rotas and banding for F2 doctors varies between specialties.


All FY1 doctors will have the option to take a taster week towards the end of their year. The aim of this is to help FY1 doctors in making a career decision.


Here at the RSCH Medical Education Centre we have grown and developed MediSim, a purpose built facility for the delivery of full immersion simulation described a KSS Deanery centre of excellence. As a Foundation Programme doctor access to simulation takes place on a regular basis throughout the year.

For FY1 trainees 2 three hour sessions are available through the year, giving a total of 6hrs of individual involvement in simulation covering varied appropriately developed  scenarios. All the scenarios have been developed and mapped to the curriculum and look at many aspects of practice encountered in the first 2 years of training. These simulation sessions are aimed at assisting the on-going development of the trainee doctor at all levels, from communication and practical skills to management, prioritisation and leadership.

For FY2 doctors there is also the opportunity to be involved in the Faculty for the creation, implementation and delivery of simulation scenarios for FY1 doctors and medical students. Each session we evaluate delivery and collate feedback from participants. This informs us of which areas need change and result in varied pattern of delivery.

All FY1 and FY2 doctors also have the chance to be involved in various multi-disciplinary simulation sessions that are also run on a number of occasions through the year and again involve many different areas of practice. Reflection and teaching session post simulation are very relaxed and aim to give 360°feedback, as well as practical advice.

“Really Supportive atmosphere. No pressure and good feedback. - FY2

“ Really useful session very helpful team, organised, approachable and very constructive feedback I would like much more exposure to sim.” - FY2

“Last session very useful and had impacted on practice over last week.” - FY1

“Would benefit from many more sessions. Should be more regular. Very useful.” - FY1

Foundation doctor forum

There are weekly medical journal club breakfast meetings which our Foundation Doctors are invited to attend if appropriate. We also organise surgical teaching for those with an interest in applying for surgical training. We encourage our Foundation doctors to meet with Medical Students and get involved with teaching and simulation training. The foundation faculty group has Trainee reps on the committee and their role is to gather opinions and suggestions from their colleagues to be shared at the Foundation group meetings. We organise four annual Education Half Days with a Medical Director’s hour which gives doctors the opportunity to meet and learn in their teams.

Any additional information

The foundation team is well established having worked together for more than three years. There are strong links with South Thames Foundation School and other local Trusts.