Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

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Trust Details

Trust name

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Hospital Site / Clinic (if applicable)

Croydon University Hospital


530 London Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR7 7YE

Trust Switchboard Tel No

020 8401 3000

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 on the NHS employers website.

Key personnel

Director of Medical Education

Dr Gita Menon

Foundation Year 1 Training Programme Director

Mr David Rose

Deputy Foundation Year 1 Training Programme Director

Dr Sri Akunuri

Foundation Year 2 Training Programme Director

Dr Veni Pswarayi

Careers Tutor(s)

Dr G Menon
Miss S Vig
Mr C Blakeley
Dr John Rendle
Dr N Hashemi
Dr Arun Kumar
Dr Vanessa Cowie
Mr Wail Al Sarakbi
Dr Karen Kee

Medical Education Manager

Mrs Nisha Patel

Head Of Medical Workforce

Mrs Sally Lewis

Foundation Programme Administrator(s)

Mrs Karen Bounds


Postgraduate Centre

The centre has a total of seven teaching rooms; 4 with a full range of audio visual equipment & an X-ray box, a large and small lecture theatre with similar facilities plus a microscope and visualiser along with video conferencing facilities. The Conservatory is used for teaching and meetings but has limited equipment. There is also a newly refurbished state of the art Dental skills laboratory, which accommodates 14 people. A four station internet café is available in the reception area.


Please contact the accommodation office on; 020 8401 3377.  All accommodation is subject to availability.

Social activities

Summer & Christmas Ball and monthly pay day events organised by the Mess Committee. Information is advertised in the Centre and Mess with electronic information sent to all trainees.

Doctors' mess

The MESS has recently been upgraded and decorated, with new lockers and a wide screen television together with Sky TV. A full size snooker table and access to 2 PC’s, as well as showers and changing facilities are also available. Daily newspapers and breakfast refreshments are available. The MESS president is appointed on a yearly basis and they lead on the recreational activities that include a Summer and Christmas Ball. 

Library facilities

The newly refurbished Library is located in the PGMC, it provides the perfect space for you to study and for quiet reflection.  The Library has been developed with you in mind; equipped with PCs, scanners, printing facilities and a Creative Thinking Area. 

A wide range of print and electronic resources are available.  The Library is also part of local and national networks, with the ability to access and loan information and resources that you need in your role.

Our qualified library staff are here to help support Junior Doctors with their professional development, they offer information skills training and a literature search service. 

The library is staffed from 9am- 5pm Monday to Friday.  Junior doctors can arrange to get 24/7 access to the physical library via their Intellikey.                     

IT facilities

The Internet café in the PGMC has 4 PC’s, IT room in the library has 14 PC’s, with access to 2 PC’s in the MESS.

Other facilities (Recreational or otherwise)

Small staff gym that is accessible 24 hours a day with a small joining fee and £10 per month membership fee. This is in the process of being re-vamped and it is equipped with up-to-date training equipment that is just a year old.

Spiritual Care – The Trust has a variety of Faith Teams and a beautiful Chapel in a quiet garden that is available for quiet contemplation.  The team includes all major faith communities, with provision of Muslim prayer mats and a regular Christian Service is held each Sunday.  A notice board is located in the PGMC that publicises all religious events for all denominations.

The main entrance has a small selection of shopping outlets together with ATMs and post box.
A PGMC website is available and presence of a webpage is on the Trust Internet.  Details of training and courses can be obtained from here with links to all external medical agencies and other helpful sites.

There is also a doctor’s page that has valuable information and is also used as form of communication by trainees on the trust home page which had been established by junior doctors as part of the quality improvement project.

Local amenities/attractions

Croydon University Hospital is the North end of Croydon and Central Croydon hosts two large shopping centres. There is a lively night life, including a number of night clubs and cinemas, and a variety of good restaurants to the south of the borough. There is a good transport system in place with trams, train services and a 24 hour bus service.

Transport links

Easy access to Central London via train is approx 15 mins. Gatwick airport has a direct line from East Croydon with a similar journey time of 15 mins, and Brighton is on the same line. A short drive out brings you to countryside and a further hour would bring you into the Sussex Downs and of course Brighton seafront.

Parking arrangements

There is limited on-site parking (first come first served); the cost is £25 per annum for a permit, and then you purchase scratch cards which work out to be  £1.20 per day. There is also off-site parking in surrounding roads.

Accolades/achievements of the trust

Awards have been received for our work on the following projects:

  • An STFS award for helping doctors who are having difficulty reaching their goals.
  • An excellent report from the Foundation School Visit.
  • STeLI ‘Excellence in Education’ award for the introduction of our bite size clinical skills workshops that have been organised for lunchtime sessions. These allow access for the use of our STeLI equipment provided by the London Deanery.
  • Recognition from the London Deanery for our careers development and the dedicated Careers corner that offers trainees career information together with support from the Croydon University Hospital Careers team, our own library services and London Deanery.
  • A number of bids have been awarded to the Trust for its impressive state of the art Simulation Centre and the promotion of training.  For the second year running the Trust has been asked to undertake the formal induction training of Foundation Training on behalf of the London Deanery.
  • A successful Leadership course, funded by the London Deanery. Due to its success this is being supported by the Trust to run on an annual basis as a Foundation Leadership and Management course.

Events 2015

On 19th May 2015, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust held a Trust wide Learning Event  chaired by the Director of Medical Education and hosted by College Tutors and special guests from Health Education South London; Dr Andrew Frankel and Helen Massell. This was a multidisciplinary event where medical and other non-medical clinical staff participated to deliver shared knowledge.  The core medical trainees presented an audit on on-call handover that identified a robust electronic handover process. It also won the best prize at the Trust Research Day. “All of the presentations were professional and well delivered. It was encouraging to learn about so many positive initiatives/ areas of improvement in one afternoon, with a multidisciplinary audience”.

Trainee Voice

Foundation Celebration and Awards Day

We hold a number of meetings and events to help to engage trainees and give them the opportunity to speak openly about their training;

  • Junior Doctors Forum (every 6 weeks)
  • Trainee Voice; an opportunity to speak directly with the CEO and Directors on a regular basis
  • Director of Medical Education Trainee Forum; a dedicated meeting for trainees to speak with the DME
  • South Thames Foundation School representative

 Listening in Action

Listening in Action (LiA) is a staff engagement and empowerment initiative which enables staff to identify and deliver change improvements locally and in an accelerated manner, as a result of listening to feedback at staff conversation events.  It provides an opportunity to have your voice heard and to be involved in influencing and driving changes across the organization.

LiA fosters a collaborative approach to any challenges across the usual team and departmental boundaries.  Above all it values the passion, commitment, expertise and knowledge of staff who are actually delivering the service and empowers you to be innovative in delivering service improvements and then to get the recognition for what you deliver.

Any additional information

The Croydon University Hospital prides itself as a ‘Great place to train, great place to learn’.
Croydon University Hospital is a 564-bedded District General Hospital (with 45 day case beds) and a 24 hour Accident & Emergency Department.  The hospital is based on a 19 acre site in Thornton Heath and the earliest buildings date from 1885.  The Jubilee Wing, opened in December 2004 housing a state of the art day case facility. The Trust also provides services at Purley War Memorial Hospital.

The new Edgecombe Unit opened in November 2015 and will revolutionise the delivery of urgent and emergency care at Croydon University Hospital.  This unit will house four services in one; the new Rapid Assessment Medical Unit (RAMU), COPD hot clinic alongside ambulatory care (outpatient medical care), Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) frailty unit, and ACE fast-track clinic services.    Edgecombe Unit will work with the support of community and mental health partners to create a first-of-its-kind ‘one stop’ for rapid medical care in the hospital.
Croydon University Hospital is currently undertaking a major refurbishment and rebuild of a new A&E department which will cost £21.25million.  This new department will be open from Spring 2017.  This is a major logistical exercise, and one that has been long in the planning.

The hospital is a busy acute Trust which serves a large and diverse local population.
The Croydon University Hospital offers excellent training opportunities with a very busy A&E department that sees an enormous variety of pathology. This is supported by a full range of teaching sessions, F1’s have protected teaching twice weekly and the F2’s programme runs one day a month the day is set up as a scenario taking in various curriculum requirements with simulation embedded learning. There are also lunch time practical skills workshops that make use of the wide variety of simulation equipment that the Trust has acquired from bids made to and granted by the London Deanery.

Foundation programme specific information

Induction/shadowing arrangements

F1/2 trainees are invited to attend the week prior to the August start date and the programme is set up to offer ALS training, Induction e Learning and shadowing with the outgoing F1 trainees.  This has been very well evaluated.

Educational and clinical supervision

Each trainee is notified of their Educational Supervisor prior to starting at the Trust.  For the first placement the ES also undertakes the role of Clinical Supervisor.  When the trainee rotates to the next placement they receive details of who their Clinical Supervisor is, 8 weeks prior to rotating. Nomination of Educational Supervisors is , based on the achievements of the Supervisors the previous year and the role is evaluated regularly  by appraisal process and trainee feedback.

Teaching programme

There is a well-supported teaching programme with protected hour slots twice a week for Foundation Year 1s and full study days for FY2s. All trainees are expected to be trainers and assessors for the years below and therefore the assessment of competencies is achievable as well as the development of a rounded portfolio. Although the learning in the Foundation Years is trainee led, we are not afraid to give you a helping nudge in the right direction to ensure that you complete the year successfully.
A range of courses take place on site including:

  • Advanced Life Support (ALS);
  • Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS);
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS);
  • Building Excellence in Surgucal Teaching (BEST);
  • Developing Excellence in Clinical Teaching (DECT)Training and Assessment In Practice (TAIP);
  • Basic Orthopaedic and Trauma Skills (BOATS); and
  • Core Medical Procedures Skills course for Foundation Trainees.

Foundation trainees are given the opportunity to become involved with the 'Foundation Programme for Teaching Medical Students', which, in the past, has been very well received by the target student groups from King's and St George's.

Trainees are also encouraged to be part of committee meetings such as;

  • Avoiding Prescribing Errors (APE)
  • Management
  • Teaching
  • Bedside
  • OSCE
  • DAPs Relay
  • IT
  • Charity


Croydon University Hospital and the PGMC encourage taster weeks and participation in career development workshops to ensure you have the facts before making future career choices.


Croydon Healthcare Clinical Skills & Simulation Centre is one of the leading healthcare simulation centers in the South Thames region. Developing full immersion high-fidelity simulation training for inter-professional teams. To meet the safety needs of our staffing groups and our patient’s. Our Simulation Based Learning (SBL) initiatives are designed so that all healthcare professionals can stretch their knowledge and application of clinical skills as well as their team-working, communication and risk awareness skills in realistic but safe simulated clinical environments. With an overarching emphasis on improving Patient Safety and end patient outcomes through enhancing inter-professional team performances. Training is enhanced through a philosophy that those working together should also be training together allowing inter-professional teams the opportunity to enhance their team working skills in a safe and simulated environment.

Within the Trust the Simulation team works within the local ward environments to provide Mobile In-situ Guerrilla Simulation (MIGS) training to the local inter-professional teams in their own ward environment. Often providing training unannounced to staff to probe the system. Addressing the local training needs of staff and of patient safety concerns to build a more robust local patient safety structure. These programmes are design collaboratively with local Practice Education, managerial and medical staffing teams to address identified needs allowing all staff to train together, generating a greater degree of team awareness, communication and cohesion.
Collaboratively working with local leads within the Trust and within the South London Simulation Network, Croydon Clinical Skills & Simulation Centre provide an array of Simulation based and Clinical Skills Courses that blend patient safety themes with practical reflective learning models in both uni-professional and inter-professional groups. Developing heightened team awareness skills and understanding using simulation based training initiatives. While developing knowledge and awareness of clinical assessment tools like EWS and communication tools like SBAR

Foundation doctor forums

F1 Representatives are appointed to represent the group, this is a peer process. The named trainees will be invited to the Faculty meetings that take place 4 times a year.

The Chief Executive has a monthly junior doctor feedback meeting and each quarter the BMA are invited to attend. The F1 reps are encouraged to join Management meetings and have access via the PA to the Director of Operations. 

Early Feedback meetings are set up with trainees at around the 3 month marker and again at 6 and 9 months.

Any additional information

We have now supported 10 years of Foundation Trainees through the Foundation Years to become competitive for entry into the core training programme of their choice.
We try and ensure Foundation involvement in every aspect of the hospital environment and host a successful Junior Doctors feedback Forum where your voices are heard and evoke change. The Foundation representatives sit on the Faculty Board and allow your views to improve the Programme. The most recent FY1s are involved in a service improvement programme to ensure training and service needs are met despite EWTD.

We have set up trainee led Teaching, Patient Safety, Leadership and Service Improvement Committees. These have led to many presentations, posters and papers allowing trainees to evidence their skills..  We have also set up the Foundation Management and Leadership course which trainees find insightful and aids towards developing their non-clinical skills which are also an essential part of development.

The Foundation Programme Directors, Stella Vig and Kathryn Channing, operate an open door policy and are available on request.  Dr Gita Menon (Director of Medical Education) and Nisha Patel (Medical Education Manager) are  also available for added support as and when required. Karen Bounds will ensure that your portfolios are full of your reflections of your experiences at CUH.

We hope that you will enjoy your year with us and encourage you to approach current FY1s for their experiences of a learning environment.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you will enjoy your stay at CUH.