East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

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Trust Details:

Trust name

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Hospital Site

Conquest Hospital / Eastbourne DGH


Conquest Hospital
The Ridge, St Leonard’s On Sea, East Sussex,
TN37 7RD
Eastbourne DGH
Kings Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 2UD

Trust Switchboard Tel No

01424 755255 – (Conquest)
01323 417400 – (Eastbourne)

Trust web site


Trust foundation web page


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Terms and Conditions of employment

Available from Medical Staffing

Key personnel

Director of Medical Education

Mr Salim Shubber (cross site)

Clinical Tutor

Dr Mark Whitehead (cross site)

Foundation Training Programme Director(s)

Dr Mohammad J H Rahmani (FY1 cross site)
Mr Michael Williams (FY2 cross site)

Careers Tutor

Dr Umesh Dashora (Cross Site)

Medical Education Manager

Deputy Medical Education Manager

Mr Mike Dickens (cross site)

Mrs Christina Morphew (cross site)

Medical Staffing Manager

Mr John Holland

Foundation Programme Administrator(s)

Overview of Trust

General Surgery Team

Mrs Harriett Catt (Conquest)
Mrs Anita Todd (Eastbourne)


East Sussex Healthcare Trust provides acute hospital and community health services for people living in East Sussex and the surrounding areas.   
Our services are mainly provided from two district general hospitals, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH.  Both of which have Emergency Departments and provide care 24 hours a day.  They offer a comprehensive range of surgical, medical and maternity services.  We have 1000 beds cross site.

We also provide a minor injury unit service from Crowborough War Memorial Hospital, Lewes Victoria Hospital and Uckfield Community Hospital.  A midwifery-led birthing service, along with outpatient rehabilitation and intermediate care services are provided at Crowborough War Memorial Hospital.
At both Bexhill Hospital and Uckfield Community Hospital we provide outpatients, day surgery, rehabilitation and intermediate care services.
The Trust is keen to develop its staff and postgraduate medical and nurse training takes place on both the main sites. We have medical students from Brighton & Sussex Medical School, from Kings and elsewhere, and encourage you to develop your teaching skills.
We want to harness your commitment, energy and care to become an organisation that focuses on quality, safety and continuous improvement. We know we need to deliver for today and ever push our standards and expectations higher for tomorrow. We know we all have a shared ambition to deliver the quality of services and care we would want for ourselves and our families and friends. And we want you to enjoy working in an organisation we can be proud of. This remains our goal.

Further details including a list of programmes and individual placement descriptions are available at: http://www.stfs.org.uk/trusts/east- sussex-healthcare-nhs-trust


Education  Centres

Modern, up to date learning resource centres are available on both hospital sites along with many other training opportunities including well equipped skills laboratories at both sites.  A planned upgrade and expansion of our facilities is in hand. 


Accommodation is available on both sites.  Rooms are fully furnished and each flat has a shared kitchen.  Utensils are provided.  Laundry services are available on both sites.  For further information, please contact Medical HR.

Social activities

Both Conquest and Eastbourne hospital have an on-site nursery and a social club/bar. The Eastbourne DGH also benefits from an outdoor heated swimming pool.  Various social events are held over the year, such as the welcome event for our new FY1s during their shadow week.  This gives the junior doctors an opportunity to network with their future colleagues, education and clinical supervisors, their medical education team, medical HR and existing FY1/FY2 doctors and other support staff relevant to their training needs.

The trainees also put together a Summer Ball and winter celebrations, amongst other informal get togethers, such as curry nights, bowling and trainees are encouraged to get involved with our legendary trust Christmas show.

Doctors' mess

The Doctors’ Mess on both sites is very popular. Foundation doctors both at Eastbourne and the Conquest hold dinners, balls, curry nights and other events. Your membership includes access to the mess day and night, with daily newspapers, SKY TV, snacks and drinks, as well as discounts on social events during the year.

Library facilities


IT facilities

Both libraries have internet access 24/7 in their PC rooms.  Wi-Fi is also available.


Local amenities/attractions

East Sussex is so much more than a great place to work — it’s a stunning place to live and visit.
The seaside towns are lively with easy access to the nearby beautiful countryside.

Hastings is a famous, historical town and seaside resort situated on the south east coast of Britain. Hastings has a castle built by William the Conqueror in the 11th Century, an attractive old town, fishing harbour and seafront. The west of Hastings is modern and lively with a theatre, cinema, many restaurants, bars and clubs, as well as a shopping centre with many well-known shops. There are also many places of interest to visit in the town. More information can be found at www.1066country.com and www.hastings.gov.uk/

Eastbourne has many restaurants, pubs and clubs. Famous for its tennis and stunning  scenery used in many films. Other picturesque spots include Beachy Head and The Sovereign Harbour. We have 2 cinemas, 10 pin bowling, yachting and surfing clubs, sports centres and  theatres. More information can be found at www.eastbourne.gov.uk.

 Transport links

The Conquest Hospital (Hastings) is around 60 miles south of London with good transport links with access to Europe via the Eurostar and Channel Tunnel. Regular trains run to London, with an average journey time of 1½ hours. Hastings main rail station is approximately 3 miles from the Hospital.

Government regeneration plans are underway for the Hastings area, and plans are in place for the implementation of a high speed rail network to extend through Hastings from Ashford in Kent, meaning a journey from Kings Cross to Hastings would be reduced to only 68 minutes. A new link road is due to open in the Spring of 2016, with the aim of reducing traffic congestion and to support the building of new homes in the area.
Bus travel – www.stagecoachbus.com and www.traveline.org.uk
Train travel – www.nationalrail.co.uk

Eastbourne Rail Station is approximately 1.5 miles from the Hospital. Main line trains from London Victoria run regularly to Eastbourne. Trains from London Victoria are fast and frequent, taking just 80 minutes.

Brighton is just along the coast from Eastbourne and easily accessible by car, bus or train.

Parking arrangements

There is on-site parking at both hospitals and staff pay £1.00 per day when displaying a staff permit. Monthly (with tax relief) and annual payments can be arranged.

Accolades/achievements of the trust

STFS awarded East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust a citation for exceptional work in the remediation of Foundation doctors in difficulty.

For up to date news on what East Sussex Healthcare trust is up to – please go to: www.facebook.com/ESHTNHS/

For information relating to Medical Education events and promotions – please check out our website and dedicated twitter page:

Follow us on twitter at: ESME@ESHTME

            Website: http://www.esht.nhs.uk/medical-education/

The East Sussex Medical Education team host an annual awards event on each site. This gives the opportunity of recognising the achievements of the FY1 and FY2 Doctors and the contribution of their Supervisors and Colleagues, and to thank both groups for their hard work throughout the year. The event is also held to formally recognise the achievement of all the Foundation Doctors with merit certificates from South Thames Foundation School. These are awarded to trainees who as well as having successfully completed their training year at ESHT have done particularly well in the areas of Audit, Learning Portfolio, Teaching and Leadership.



Foundation programme specific information

Induction/shadowing arrangements

At the Eastbourne DGH and Conquest we arrange a formal induction and shadow period for the new FY1s. This helps our trainee doctors  to settle in and get used to the hospital.  We now also provide the opportunity for our overseas doctors to benefit from an extended additional shadowing period, prior to taking part in formal shadow/Induction at the Trust. Our overseas doctors can also benefit from our Cultural Support Workshops to help them adjust to working in a UK Hospital.

Our trust website provides full and current information – www.esht.nhs.uk.  Please also note our dedicated Medical Education website pages www.esht.nhs.uk/medical -education which hold specific information relating to our Foundation Programme and more details on the individual specialities you might be interested in, and the types of support you can expect to receive from us, such as Careers advice and pastoral support. 

Educational and clinical supervision

We realise that it can be hard to make the transfer from medical student to doctor and endeavour to support our FY1s as much as possible with this transition.  We have a trainee support process in place to ensure that help is provided as soon as it is needed.

You will be supported during your 4 month rotation in your specialty of choice, learning key skills that can then be utilised for the rest of your career. Support will be provided by your dedicated educational supervisor, clinical supervisors, your programme lead as well as the larger specialty team.  All of whom will give you regular constructive feedback on your progress and what you can do to improve.  This will better enable you to deliver core competences from the Foundation curriculum.

 Trainee progress is reviewed via eportfolio, requiring the trainee to complete set modules by way of:
• Observation
• Direct supervision
• Independent practice
• Attendance at relevant training courses and events

Teaching Programme

The programme includes FY1 and FY2 formal weekly teaching sessions, monthly afternoon workshops, directed and self-directed personal learning, structured appraisal and assessments.

The teaching programme covers all aspects of the Foundation Curriculum.  Foundation doctors are encouraged to participate in all learning opportunities both in the Education Centres and in clinical settings.

All Foundation Year 1 trainees are attached to a one-year programme. Our Foundation Programme management team consists of two Foundation Training Programme Directors, the Deputy Medical Education Manager who co-ordinates efforts and two Foundation Programme Administrators.


These are arranged through the Foundation Administrators and all Foundation Doctors are encouraged to take up the opportunity to participate in taster time in their speciality of interest.

FY1s can request taster sessions during the final rotation of the year.


We have fully equipped clinical skills rooms including Simulation suites in both Education Centres and plans are underway to expand our Simulation Programme and facilities.

Both sites run FY1 Simulation Training sessions (a requirement of the curriculum), which have been well received by the FY1 Doctors.  FY2 simulation sessions are also run on both sites.

Foundation doctor forums

We encourage FY1s and FY2s to provide feedback throughout the year both formally and informally.
Trainee representatives for each year are nominated and they attend the Foundation Faculty Group Meeting as representative of their year group.
The FTPDs also hold individual meetings with the FY1s and FY2s throughout the year to discuss progress and ask for feedback.  This trainee feedback is consistently taken into account when we are looking to make improvements to our Foundation Programme.  Our aim is to provide a supportive environment where trainees can gain experience through facilitation and encouragement.

Our CEO schedules quarterly meetings which the junior doctors are invited to attend to discuss work related issues that require his attention and perspective.  Timely feedback is provided following these forums to our doctors in training.  A number of improvements have been made to the way we work further to the insight of our junior doctors who have attended these meetings. 

Our respective sited Medical Education Team have an “open door” policy where trainees are welcome to come and discuss anything relating to their training and post.

A Pastoral Steering Group was set up in early 2016 by Medical Education.  Junior doctors are encouraged to attend and other trust colleagues who have an interest in ensuring our trainee doctors receive the best support available. A number of initiatives have led to improvements: -

  • Development of a monthly peer to peer ‘Take 5’ junior doctor group – run by junior doctors for junior doctors.  A time to reflect and review stressful situations which have occurred in the work place in a protected environment – with catering provided!
  • Current pilot of Registrar Pastoral Champions in Medicine at Eastbourne DGH, with a view to rolling this out across all specialities
  • SAS Doctors mentoring scheme for our LAS doctors
  • Improved junior doctor involvement in the ward safety huddles
  • Junior Doctor Welfare Audit to ensure our doctors have access to adequate food and water on the wards and are taking breaks
  • ‘Compassion Without Burnout’ workshops planned in 2018.  Taking a look at emotional support and resilience and prioritising themes of interest to best support our doctors in training

Any additional information

During the FY1 year we arrange for you to attend ILS, ALERT and Simulation Training.

In FY2 we arrange for you to attend ALS and Simulation Training.  Study leave for FY2s is available and details will be provided on starting.

There are 35 Foundation Year 1 rotations (FY1). Each rotation comprises 3 x 4-month posts. FY1 doctors may do night shifts, and are rostered for weekends and long days/evening shifts in the acute specialties.

FY1 rotations include General Medicine, Urology, Diabetes, Respiratory, Rheumatology, Cardiology, T&O, General Surgery, Gastroenterology, ITU and Psychiatry. Some posts also include time in the Acute Assessment Unit. All FY1s are required to work nights in surgery.


FY1s (dependent on their rota and subject to change for each new intake) can be on call.  FY2s in ENT on both sites work a 1:3 on call for ENT 0900 – 1700hrs, but at weekends work in the Emergency Department 0830 – 2030hrs.


FY2 rotations include General Medicine, ENT, Palliative Care, Public Health, GP, Paediatrics, Urology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, T&O and Cardiology, Elderly Medicine, Respiratory, Diabetes and Emergency Medicine.


The FY2s in ENT are part of the Hospital@Night team in Surgery doing 1:7 nights.  FY2s work in ENT from 0900 – 1700hrs and then any out of hours is with the Hospital@Night team.


All community placements include a day or half a day attachment per week in Emergency Medicine, ITU, MAU and AAU.

(It is essential that you have a car for FY2 placements in Public Health (Lewes), Palliative Care, Psychiatry and some General Practice surgeries, which range from urban to rural or more coastal areas.

Due to reconfiguration of our service provision, T&O, Paediatrics and all of our Surgery rotations are based at the Conquest site.

'Striving to provide excellent educational opportunities and to improve the trainee doctor experience via encouragement and facilitation within a supportive environment'