Worthing Hospital

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Trust Details

Trust name

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hospital Site / Clinic (if applicable)

Worthing and Southlands Hospitals


Lyndhurst Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2DH

Trust Switchboard Tel No

01903 205111

Trust web site


Trust foundation web page


Terms and Conditions of employment

The terms and conditions of service are as set out in the National Terms and conditions of Service for Hospital Medical and Dental Staff as applied by the Trust which are available from the NHS Employers website:(http://www.nhsemployers.org/PayAndContracts/MedicalandDentalContracts/JuniorDoctorsDentistsGPReg/Pages/DoctorsInTraining-JuniorDoctorsTermsAndConditions150908.aspx)

Key personnel

Director of Medical Education

Mr David Beattie

Clinical Tutor

Dr  Simon Murphy

Foundation Training Programme Director(s)

Dr Rajen Patel - F1 Lead
Miss Pauline Whitehouse- F2 Lead

Careers Tutor(s)

Specialist Faculty Leads

Medical Education Manager

Mrs Bebba Smithers
Mrs Sam Vaughan

Medical Staffing Manager

Ms Mandi Atkinson

Ms Melanie Clay

Miss Lorna Smith

 Foundation Programme Manager

Mr James Summers

Foundation Programme Administrator(s)

Miss Carol Sayers


Postgraduate Centre

The newly refurbished Worthing Health Education Centre (WHEC) is a purpose built centre located on the lower ground floor of Worthing Hospital and is supported by an experienced and friendly team of postgraduate staff.  All rooms are equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment including computer and internet access. All foundation teaching takes place within the centre on a weekly basis.

WHEC has an extensive range of seminar and lecture rooms, including fully equipped simulation facilities. All senior Medical Education staff can be contacted through WHEC. The centre is frequented by medical staff both from within the hospital and from the community.


Limited accommodation is available on a first come, first served basis. Rent for accommodation starts at £424 per month (rents reviewed annually in April).

Social activities

Social activities are organised via the Doctors' Mess by the Mess Presidents, such as the Annual Doctors Ball, the Doctors Review at Christmas, and many other social events throughout the year.

Doctors' mess

The Doctors’ Mess is located next to the WHEC and offers junior doctors a comfortable environment to relax during their breaks.

A monthly subscription fee gives the junior doctors access to food and newspapers which are delivered to the Mess on a weekly basis.

Library facilities

Worthing hospital has a well stocked library, with a selection of e-resources and fast, efficient document delivery service.

The library staff are friendly and approachable and on hand to undertake literature searchers, upon request. The staff available to provide training on searches for evidence based information.    The library is available 24 hours a day, via swipe access.

IT facilities

The library has 15 computer stations available for use to all hospital staff. The IT facilities within the library are available 24 hours a day, via swipe access

Other facilities (Recreational or otherwise)

Deli Marche’, a dedicated café, is situated within WHEC and provides a wide change of sandwiches, hot meals and drinks for all who attend the centre.

Local amenities/attractions

Worthing hospital is within walking distance the town centre where there are a variety of independent and big chain stores.

The Dome Cinema/Connaught and Pavilion Theatre is in close proximity to the hospital and shows a variety of films within its original Edwardian décor. Shoreham airport is just a short drive away, as is the Brooklands Go Karts track.

There are a selection of gyms, leisure facilities and a brand new swimming pool (Splashpoint) just down the road from the hospital. The sea front is just a short 15 minute walk where you will find restaurants, pubs and local cafes for you to enjoy.

Transport links

Worthing Hospital is located within close proximity to both Worthing Central and East Worthing train stations with direct routes to London Victoria, Portsmouth and Southampton. There are frequent trains to most south coast destinations, including Brighton and its Royal Pavilion!

There is also a frequent bus service to and from the hospital.

Parking arrangements

Parking arrangements are made via the parking office at the hospital. Subject to availability doctors are able to purchase annual hospital parking permits (payable monthly from your salary).

Alternatively applications can be made to Worthing Borough Council Parking Office in the town centre for a street parking permit.  All other hospital parking is pay on foot.

Accolades/achievements of the trust

On 1st  July 2013 Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust became a Foundation Trust, only the second trust (since April 2012) to be approved under Monitor’s new powers to promote and protect the interests of patients.

Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust has been named as a CHKS 40Top Hospital every year since the Trust was formed in 2009.

On the 19th April 2016 Western Sussex was inspected and rated outstanding by the CQC.

Western Sussex is now one of only three acute trusts in the country to be awarded the CQC’s highest rating.

Inspectors rated the overall standards of care patients receive as Outstanding.

Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust’s Clinical Skills Laboratory facilities rival some of the best training environments 

Any additional information

About Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust was established on 1 April, 2009, as the result of the merger between Royal West Sussex, and Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trusts.

On 1 July, 2013, we gained Foundation Trust status, becoming the first acute Trust in Sussex to achieve this milestone. 

In April 2016, Western Sussex Hospitals received an "Outstanding" CQC report and remains one of only five acute hospital trusts in the country to have received the health watchdog's highest possible rating. The trust is also renowned for its leading approach to continuous improvement and staff empowerment, enabled by a long term strategic transformation programme called Patient First.

We operate from three major sites: St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, Worthing Hospital, and Southlands Hospital in Shoreham. We serve a population of approximately 450,000 people, and in 2016/2017 our annual turnover was approximately £434.9m.

Both St Richard’s and Worthing hospitals provide a full range of acute hospital care, including accident and emergency services, acute medical care, maternity and children’s services and a range of surgical specialties. Southlands Hospital provides outpatient and diagnostic services, and day case procedures and is home to our new £7.5m Western Sussex Eye Care.

Our services are predominantly commissioned by the NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, with whom we are committed to providing high quality integrated care across the local health economy.

We are also committed to working closely with our provider of community hospitals, Sussex Community NHS Trust, and the local provider of mental health services, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust does not provide tertiary services and looks towards Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton for these services.

About Worthing Hospital

Worthing Hospital has approximately 500 beds and provides a full range of general acute services including maternity, outpatients, A&E and intensive care.

The hospital primarily serves people living in Worthing, Shoreham-by-Sea and also towns and villages along the coast and in the inland areas of West Sussex.

However, it also offers more specialist services, such as the West Sussex breast screening, to a wider catchment area stretching from Chichester in the west to Brighton in the east.

About Southlands Hospital

Southlands Hospital in Shoreham by Sea is being developed as an important centre for hospital services that do not require an overnight stay.

The hospital is home to a new, state-of-the-art eye care centre and specialises in outpatient services, diagnostics, day surgery and other types of what is called ‘ambulatory care’.

Foundation programme specific information

Induction/shadowing arrangements

Incoming F1s attend a four day induction programme which incorporates 2 full days of shadowing prior to the commencement of their F1 year.

All F2s attend a full day induction programme on their first day with the Trust. This includes a half day departmental induction within their initial specialty.

Please use the below link for access to the induction videos and handbooks that are on our website:  https://pgme.info/resources/induction-videos/

Educational and clinical supervision

Foundation Doctors are allocated an Educational Supervisor who will support them throughout their year with us. Any trainee on a linked two year programme will have the same Educational Supervisor throughout their whole time with us.

It is the Educational Supervisor’s responsibility to support the trainee and their educational development during this time and provide feedback on the trainee’s progress to the Medical Education Team

Trainees are allocated a Clinical Supervisor for each placement they undertake, who is responsible for their clinical skill development, provide day-to-day support to their trainee and feedback on their trainee’s clinical progress to the Medical Education Team.

Teaching programme

Dedicated teaching takes place weekly across both sites and is available for all foundation doctors to attend. All mandatory teaching is bleep free and trainees must attend at least 70% of this teaching to acquire sign-off at the end of the year.

All teaching is recorded and available for viewing via the Post Graduate Medical Education website.

In addition to this, departmental teaching is also frequently delivered and will allow foundation doctors the opportunity to present cases.


Both F1s and F2s are encouraged to take Taster Days in specialties that are of interest to them and not covered within their two year foundation programme. These are arranged on an individual basis.


A new Simulation Suite with state of the art, high fidelity manikins opened on 8th March 2011 at Worthing Hospital giving all foundation doctors the opportunity to attend Simulation training on-site. Designed and equipped to provide a simulated clinical learning environment in order to deliver high quality education and training for healthcare professionals

This superb facility ensures that the clinical training opportunities at Worthing Hospital continue to develop and flourish.

All foundation trainees attend dedicated simulation sessions during their time at Worthing. F1s have a full day simulation session and F2s have the opportunity to attend 2 half day sessions. All simulation sessions are certificated.

Please contact us via: cmec.clinicalskills@wsht.nhs.uk

Foundation doctor forums

Foundation Doctor Reps are required to attend quarterly Local Faculty Group (LFG) meetings to feedback on the views of their peers to the Foundation Faculty.

Quarterly Trainee Forums are run across both sites. All trainees are welcome to attend these to voice their views and opinions on the hospital.

These are run as informal, confidential events for trainees, giving them the opportunity to feedback honestly and openly. Senior consultants may only attend with prior consent from the attending trainees.

Trainee reps also in on the LAB(Local Academic Board) meetings.

Any additional information

Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust is split over two sites: Worthing and St Richard’s, Chichester. A joint induction is run for all foundation doctors which will be on one site.