Welcome to the Brighton & Sussex University NHS Trust, the largest University teaching hospitals group in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. We provide high quality medical education for medical students, junior doctors and various other healthcare professionals.
Our expertise in a wide variety of specialties makes BSUH an excellent and exciting place for postgraduate training; our services are spread over different hospitals including the Princess Royal Hospital, Royal Sussex County Hospital and Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital.
Over one million patients come through our doors every year and you will see a broad range of interesting cases. With the 3T’s (Teaching, Trauma, Tertiary Care) development under way, the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton is well on its way to becoming an established Major Trauma Centre, offering our trainees unique development opportunities. We also have thriving Simulation, Human Factors and Leadership training programmes. Central to our ambition is our role as an academic centre, a provider of high quality teaching, and a host hospital for cutting edge research and innovation. On this we work with our partners, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Health Education England and South Thames Foundation School.
Our department has trained faculty directors, foundation programme directors, clinical and educational supervisors, efficient and supportive administrators to assist with any queries.
Core medical training is the primary stage of training and entry point for those trainees who wish to follow a career in medical specialties such as cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, oncology, HIV, Infectious diseases, General Medicine, Endocrinology, Respiratory Medicine and Elderly Care. There is also an attachment to the Stroke Ward
The surgical department consists of most of the surgical specialties including General and Vascular Surgery, Urology, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics and Cardiac Surgery.
All departments run their own teaching sessions, x-ray meetings, trauma meetings, clinical governance meetings and mortality meetings. The Royal College Surgical Tutor oversees clinical and educational supervision and all problems with trainees are directed to them. Within each department a consultant acts as educational lead for trainees also.
We also offer a training programme in ACCS and Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, General Practice, Leadership, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Neonatology, SAS, Simulation and Human Factors.
In addition to training in diagnosing and managing a wide range of medical conditions, trainees are encouraged to take on administrative tasks to help them gain experience in team management, leadership and service planning. As part of their training, most doctors will become involved in audit or research projects and contribute towards the department’s teaching activities for medical students and foundation doctors.
Doctors in higher specialty training are responsible for caring for patients under the supervision of consultants and other healthcare professionals. Feedback from the supervised training sessions is designed to stimulate reflection as well as enhance clinical performance. As trainees progress through specialty training and become more experienced, feedback will reduce and they in turn will be asked to provide feedback on the performance of their colleagues.
This covers a variety of specialities which currently include:
- 3 Day GP Refresher (bi-annually)
This programme is continually being reassessed according to GPs needs using information gathered from anonymous appraisals.
For more information, see the ‘GP courses’ section further down this page.
In Brighton the hands-on courses take place in the Audrey Emerton Buildings new state of the art Clinical Skills Laboratory equipped with dental training simulators.
The Euan Keat Centre in Haywards Heath has three modern air-conditioned lecture theatres, one of which can be split to form a larger room. They are equipped with the latest audio-visual technology and video-conferencing facilities. We also have a new skills teaching room for hands-on workshops and IT training.
Full details can be found on the HEKSS Dental website
The Simulation Service within BSUH is transitioning at present and going through a rebranding period. Training and education is continuing as normal so please get in touch.
The Simulation Service is available to ALL staff members within the Trust to come and learn in a ‘Safe’ environment. It is our hope that you will be able to grow and develop your technical and non-technical skills with us, in order for you to use these in the treatment of our patients. This is our goal, even in simulation, ‘Patient First’.
The Service team have a proven track record in the developing and delivering of simulation both Nationally and Internationally and bring this experience into the learning environment back at BSUH. Collaboration is the key and for this reason you will often find the team working with other Trust’s stakeholders and 3rd party’s to offer a comprehensive package for staff here.
Simulation is a ‘high-stress, low-risk’ environment, high-stress, but some of the learning will challenge you to be the best that you can be, to deal with both situations you may not have seen before, but also those situations you deal with on a regular basis. But ‘low-risk’ because if needed the learning can pause, time-out, turn into a workshop or have more seniors advice, if needed. Better to learn in an environment that is safe and nurturing than learning for the first time in the clinical area.
Simulation involves multiple strategies in order to deliver the learning outcomes for the trainee and the Organisation, therefore it is important to learn using current equipment, fit for purpose and appropriate for the training. The ethos of the service is, ‘ just because we can, doesn’t mean to say we should’. This statement covers all things, equipment, fidelity, scenarios, and means that just because the equipment can Bleed, sweat, cry, speak, have heart murmurs, lung disorders etc, it doesn’t mean that we should use them all in the one scenario and make it the ‘worse’ day ever.
The right equipment, for the right job, at the right level is key to ensure psychological safety and fidelity for our trainees.
Currently there are 3 simulation training areas across the Trust: the KSS Children’s’ Simulation Centre at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Brighton; The David Read Simulation Suite at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and the Sim Room in Critical Care, Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton. The Service has close links with the Medical school simulation service based on the Falmer site.
Alex Saunders is the Head of Resuscitation & Simulation Services
Dr Cassie Lawn is the Consultant Lead for Simulation & TEL
Amelia Amon is the Simulation Technician based that the PRH
The faculty run a number of courses in partnership with healthcare experts from a range of specialities including Mental Health, Neonatology, Anaesthesia, Dementia, Stroke, Surgery, Maternity and many more.
These are open to internal staff at BSUH and external healthcare staff in the Kent Surrey and Sussex Region.
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Medical Attachment (qualified Dr) or Elective (medical student year 4 and above) placements are designed to provide a sample of the NHS experience to visiting doctors and students from overseas. This is an observer role only. The visitor will not have direct patient contact or take on any responsibility. They will be supervised at all times.
In accordance with Home Office recommendations, attachments are limited to a maximum of six weeks.
The attachments are limited to one in chosen department. Any extensions and additional request for second department will be reviewed on an individual basis and we cannot guarantee they will be accepted.
Due to the Junior Doctor Changeover, we are not able to accept any applications between June and September.
Under no circumstances will the doctor undertake on call duties to cover for sickness, or be granted a request for an honorary contract.
Please note that we are not able to offer any placements under the Erasmus + programme. If you are interest in the placement under Erasmus please contact universities direct.
All enquiries for the Medical Attachment programme should to be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be required to contact the relevant Department’s Consultant to obtain their approval.
Applications are now processed electronically and can only be made using this application form and returning it by email to email@example.com. Please type your form and return as a complete PDF or Word document. Handwritten scanned forms and multiple separate pages will not be accepted.
All applicants should state a clear preference to the area/specialty they would like their placement to be in, although we can make no guarantee of a placement in any chosen specialty.
All applicants must provide full contact details for three referees (email, phone number and address). If accepted, the applicant will be notified with a start date and a named supervisor.
The total fee payable is £375, payable upon agreement of a placement and at least six weeks in advance of the requested start date, before our Medical Workforce Department commence their pre-contract checks.
If you have been accepted for a medical attachment there are two methods of payment: by debit/credit card, or by cheque. You will be sent instructions once your placement is agreed. Please note that in some circumstances (i.e change of department) there may be an additional charge of £100.
In case of cancellation the fee will be refunded at 50% of original value. Please contact Medical Workforce Team for further details.
The hospital cannot offer accommodation under this programme. Candidates are responsible for finding and arranging their own accommodation
Please apply for your medical attachment at least twelve weeks before you wish to start. Please do not apply more than 6 months in advance.
Medical Workforce Department will need a minimum of six weeks for pre-contract checks. We are not able to take any applications between June and September. You are advised not to make travel arrangements until your attachment has been confirmed.
Placements are limited to six weeks maximum and are strictly observer roles.
Before you apply, please check that you meet the following requirements:
- You are a qualified doctor or medical student year 4 or above- we are unable to accept students from year 1-3
- If you are not a native English speaker, you will need IELTS certificate level 7.5 or an equivalent level of English that you can demonstrate.
- You will need to provide evidence that you have undergone the full required immunisation programme and will need to be cleared by our occupational health department before starting your elective. You will not be able to start without this clearance.
- You will need to provide your passport or national ID card
- You may require Visa
- We will require your CV to be attached to the application.
You will be required to complete an online Induction. This needs to be completed two weeks prior to your start date.
Visa information for non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals
Immigration rules were revised with the result that students on a short medical elective must now obtain a Tier 4 visa. Currently BSUH is not a sponsor organisation for Tier 4. We are therefore unable to accept applications from candidates outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland unless relevant Visa proof is produced. If you are a qualified doctor you may need a standard visitor visa to complete the placement. For further information please see the UK Border Agency website to seek clarification on your specific situation.