Medical training and education

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.

Medical Education Department

The department is based on two sites within the Trust and can be found in the Audrey Emerton Building at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and the Euan Keat Centre at the Princess Royal Hospital.

As a major teaching hospital, we work closely with the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

The Medical School offers a dynamic, innovative undergraduate programme, awarded by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex that will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities once you have qualified as a doctor.

Please click below to find us:

Audrey Emerton Building, Brighton
Euan Keat Education Centre, Haywards Heath

Training

Our Foundation Programme is a two-year general training programme which forms the bridge between medical school and specialist / general practice training. You will have the opportunity to gain experience in a series of placements, in a variety of specialties and healthcare settings. Learning objectives for each stage are specific and focus on demonstration of your clinical competences.

Our department has trained faculty directors, foundation programme directors, clinical and educational supervisors, efficient and supportive administrators to assist with any queries.

We provide a comprehensive core medical and surgical training programme.

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.

Following medical school, foundation training and core training, the final part of training in the progression from trainee to consultant is higher specialty training. BSUH offers training opportunities in a series of higher specialties, including most medical specialties. Teaching methods not only include formal teaching sessions, techniques like coaching, mentoring, job rotation and working alongside other health professionals are used to introduce trainees to their roles at the hospitals and help them with their career  progression.

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.

The postgraduate centres, incorporating GP tutors, Dr Lisa Argent at Brighton and Dr Howard Bloom at Princess Royal Hospital organise a full programme of educational events for GPs.

This covers a variety of specialities which currently include:

  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Paediatrics
  • ENT
  • 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.

Our programme is designed to help busy practitioners keep up-to-date. We run a number of all-day courses many of which have a hands-on component. We also run a number of dental study group and orthodontic study group meetings which take place regularly.

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 Medical Education Department works closely with the Faculty of Simulation and Human Factors at BSUH. This enables trainees to access regional simulation days and simulation courses that deliver high fidelity scenarios and helpful debrief sessions, as well as hands on workshop skills.

Simulation suites

Currently there are 4 simulation training suites across the Trust: the KSS Childrens’ Simulation Centre at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Brighton; The David Read Simulation Suite at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath; the Sim Room in ITU Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton and the Falmer simulation suite (Medical school).

Faculty members

Dr Amit Mishra is the lead for simulation and human factors and Dr Cassie Lawn is the deputy. Other key faculty members include Timothy Chatten Simulation Technician and Julia Trewick administrator.

Courses

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 and external healthcare staff in the Kent Surrey and Sussex Region.

Click here for a full list of training courses