Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS FoundationTrust

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Trust Details

Trust name

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hospital Site / Clinic (if applicable)

Royal Surrey County Hospital


Egerton Road, Guildford, GU2 7XX

Trust Switchboard Tel No

01483 571122 x4379

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 in the HR Office.

All staff appointments are made subject to the receipt of satisfactory references and all initial appointments to the national health service are made subject to satisfactory medical and police clearance being produced. A medical examination may be necessary on initial appointment and periodically thereafter.

Key personnel

Director of Medical Education

Dr Jane Tilley

Medical Director

Dr Christopher Tibbs

Foundation Training Programme Director(s)

Ms Julie Kohls-Gatzoulis (F1)
Dr Bhavesh Patel (F2)

Careers Tutor

Dr Katherine Webber

Medical Education Manager

Mrs Tracey Cookman

Medical Staffing Manager

Ms Kerry Steele

Foundation Programme Manager

Mrs Tracey Cookman

Foundation Programme Co-ordinator

Mrs Chantel Brandon


Postgraduate Centre

Our purpose built Education Centre is on site and houses a library with 24 hour access as well as a state of the art  simulation suite for clinical and communication skills teaching. We are recognised as a centre of excellence for simulation by HEKSS.


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Social activities

The Mess organise monthly pay day socials with extra things for Halloween, Christmas and Summer Ball. There is also a social club onsite.

Doctors' mess

We have an active Doctor’s mess which is run by the F1 doctors. The current mess hold regular activities including our fabulous Summer Ball.

Library facilities

Library Facilities

  • 24 hour access to the library and PCs.
  • WIFI
  • Helpful library staff available to assist Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm.
  • Seminar room available to book for group study / journal clubs.
  • Access to full text electronic journals via Athens, Up-to-date, plus a range of print journals.
  • Good range of core textbooks available for loan.
  • Fast and efficient inter-library loan service for items not held by the library.
  • Looking for the latest evidence and information? Use our literature searching service and let us find it for you.
  • Want to update and improve your searching skills? The library team provides full training in the effective use of medical databases and e-journals.
  • Located within the Education Centre.

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IT facilities

9 networked PCs in the Learning Resource Centre plus a further 8 with external broadband access.

Other facilities (Recreational or otherwise)

The Surrey Sports park is located opposite to the Hospital.

Local amenities/attractions

Living in Guildford and Surrey

Guildford and the surrounding area is a great place to live. It is a busy city, and only 35 minutes from London Waterloo by train. Guildford has all the amenities that you could need - great shopping, outstanding schools, extensive sports and leisure facilities, good restaurants, multi-screen cinema in the town centre and access to beautiful countryside. The local Surrey Sports Park offers a discount gym membership for NHS staff. Around Guildford you will find some of the most attractive villages in the South East, providing an alternative to the city life.

More information about living in Surrey can be found on Surrey County Council’s website

Transport links

The Royal Surrey is only 10 minutes by bus from Guildford train station and a 30 minute walk. 
There are regular trains to London Waterloo (approx. 30 mins). Gatwick and Heathrow within the hour.

Parking arrangements

On-site parking permits can be applied for.

Accolades/achievements of the trust

The Royal Surrey County Hospital is a leading General Hospital and specialist tertiary centre for cancer, oral and maxillo-facial surgery and pathology.  The hospital serves a population of 320,000 for emergency and general hospital services and is the lead specialist centre for cancer patients in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire, serving a population of 1.2 million. 

Our annual income is £257 million and we have 527 beds and 14 operating theatres.  We employ approximately 3,000 staff, making us the second largest employer in Guildford.  We have very close links with the University of Surrey and have an extensive education, training and research portfolio. 

The Trust has a very strong reputation for minimally invasive surgery and laparoscopic surgery is used widely across the surgical specialties.  The trust is a national leader in surgical training and laparoscopic surgery and MATTU (Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit) is one of the most advanced training centres for this type of surgery.  It has also been designated as a national training centre for laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

Any additional information

The Royal Surrey County Hospital is a district general hospital with a few differences. It has a tertiary referral cancer centre (St. Lukes) providing care for patients from a large catchment area. Many surgical firms also offer complex surgery to patients from a wide area. There is an efficient, well run A&E department with separate medical and surgical assessment units.  

There are strong links with University of Surrey supporting academic excellence.

Foundation programme specific information

Induction/shadowing arrangements

We organise a Professional Practice Week/Induction for F1 doctors which includes ILS.  All F2 doctors are invited to meet the Foundation Programme Director prior to their start date. We also have a social induction which includes a BBQ and an F1 mess night.

Educational and clinical supervision

The Education Supervisor who is also your Clinical Supervisor for your first attachment who will have responsibility for your education throughout the year. They will agree your personal development plan, discuss career progression and make recommendation to the Faculty with regard to sign off. In addition you will also be supported by a Clinical Supervisor as you rotate through your attachments who will be responsible for your teaching and supervision whist you are on their firm.



Teaching Programme



F1 Doctors






F2 Doctors

We currently have 34 F1 posts rotating through medical, surgical and psychiatry specialties. There are also 33 F2 posts. . We have been able to accommodate changes to these rotations with internal swaps where educationally appropriate.

Foundation teaching takes place for an hour every week, with separate F1 and F2 sessions. Our programme covers a wide range of clinical and professional competencies, as well as including Lessons Learnt; an opportunity to discuss cases and share insights and knowledge.

There are also weekly medical journal club breakfast meetings which our Foundation doctors are invited to attend if appropriate. We organise surgical teaching for those with an interest in applying for surgical training. There are formal weekly medical student teaching sessions that foundation doctors can get involved in. We organise six annual Education Half Days with a Medical Director’s hour which gives doctors the opportunity to meet and learn in their teams.

The F1 rota is EWTD compliant.  F1s working in Surgery and Medicine are ward based and do weekends on call. F1s in EAU do shifts including twilights and nights covering both medicine and surgery as well as working out of EAU and having community experience.

“The Royal Surrey is a lovely place to work. Everybody’s really friendly and genuinely approachable. As an F1 you get a lot of good on-call experience. Nights and weekends are scary at first, but you learn a lot.” Louise Cripps, F1 doctor at Royal Surrey County Hospital.

In the F1 programme we adopt a variety of learning approaches. These include ward based clinical teaching, exposure to outpatients and theatres, group learning, private study, simulation, reflective practice, audit projects as well as regular weekly teaching. Doctors are encouraged to join the Doctors Council focussing on QI Projects, medical students and teaching.  All the F1s have individual meetings with the F1 Foundation Program Director to discuss interests and career plan.

Study leave entitlement is  10 days. F2 doctors are encouraged to use this time to complete ALS and then to focus on career choice and developing their portfolios. RSCH run a number of excellent programmes including Practical Procedures, IMPACT, CCrISP and ATLS which F2s are welcome to participate in. All F2 doctors receive 3 sessions on Careers within the teaching programme, organised by the Careers Lead, and have 2-3 individual career meetings with the Foundation Director and Careers Lead for the Trust. The rotas and banding for F2 doctors varies between specialties.


All F1 doctors will have the option to take a taster week towards the end of their year. Study leave will be deducted from their F2 allowance.

F2 doctors can apply for tasters during their F2 year.


Junior Leadership Program

Here at the RSCH Medical Education Centre we have grown and developed MediSim, a purpose built facility for the delivery of full immersion simulation described as an HEKSS centre of excellence. As a Foundation Programme doctor, access to simulation takes place on a regular basis throughout the year.

For F1 trainees 2 three hour sessions are available through the year, giving a total of 6 hours of individual involvement in simulation covering varied appropriately developed scenarios.

F2’s attend 2 four hour sessions which have increased level of complexity. All the scenarios have been developed and mapped to the curriculum and look at many aspects of practice encountered in the first 2 years of training. These simulation sessions are aimed at assisting the on-going development of the trainee doctor at all levels, from communication and practical skills to management, prioritisation and leadership.

For F2 doctors there is also the opportunity to be involved in the Faculty for the creation, implementation and delivery of simulation scenarios for F1 doctors and medical students. After each session we evaluate delivery and collate feedback from participants. This informs the simulation team which areas need revision and result in effective pattern of delivery.

All F1 and F2 doctors also have the chance to be involved in various multi-disciplinary simulation sessions that are also run on a number of occasions through the year and again involve many different areas of practice. Reflection and teaching session post simulation are very relaxed and aim to give 360°feedback, as well as practical advice.

“Really Supportive atmosphere. No pressure and good feedback. - F2

“Previous session was very useful and has impacted on practice last week.” - F1

The Department of Medical Education has developed a Junior and Senior Leadership Program, which all trainees are invited to attend and promotes close working relationships; innovative trainee led projects and improved interdisciplinary working.

Foundation doctor forum

F1 and F2 trainee representatives are appointed at the beginning of the year. They represent Foundation doctors at the Foundation Local Faculty Group which takes place every 4 months, and the Junior Doctor’s Forum which occurs every 2 months giving juniors access to share concerns at high level with the Medical Director and the Director of Medical Education attendance. A trainee representative workshop is held in autumn.

Any additional information

The foundation team is well established having worked together for more than three years. There are strong links with South Thames Foundation School and other local Trusts.

The Foundation Program is run by an experienced and dynamic team.