St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Trust Details

Trust name

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hospital Site / Clinic (if applicable)

St George’s Hospital

Address

Blackshaw Road, Tooting, London, SW17 0QT 

Trust Switchboard Tel No

020 8672 1255

Trust web site

http://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk

Trust foundation web page

https://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/education-and-research/education/foundation-programme/

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 Human Resources department.

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 Jonathan Round

Clinical Tutor

No information available

Foundation Training Programme Director(s)

Dr Charlotte Huddy / Nicola Walters (F1)
Dr Rehana Iqbal (F2)

Careers Tutor(s)

No information available

Medical Education Manager

Joseph Pavett

Medical Staffing Manager

Claire Low

Foundation Programme Administrator(s)

Paula Andrea Fernandez-Pastor
Anod Gurung

Facilities

Postgraduate Centre

Located on perimeter road.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available.

Social activities

There is an active Doctor’s Mess that arranges social activities for all grades, including a Summer Ball.

Doctors' mess

Our Doctors mess can is located on 1st Floor Lanesborough Wing.  There is a kitchen and Sky TV available here.

Library facilities

The Library based in St George’s University Medical School offers learning, teaching and research support to staff and students of St George’s Hospital, University of London, the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and NHS staff in South West London.  It has excellent facilitie including computer facilities s, electronic access to a number of databases and group and private study areas.

IT facilities

There is 24 hour access to the Trust intranet as well as the internet available on site.

Other facilities (Recreational or otherwise)

There are acclaimed Simulation facilities that run regular courses for Foundation Doctors.

The Rob Lowe Sports Centre is open to Trust employees and there are squash and badminton courts available as well as 2 aerobic rooms (with female only times) and, 2 weight rooms.  Classes also run during the university term time.

Teaching Skills and Presentation Skills courses are available in the Medical School for those involved in teaching medical students.  There is also the opportunity to be involved in examining medical students (eg OSCE ).

The resuscitation department runs ALS, ILS, PALS and PILS courses.  ATLS courses run via the Simulation Department.

There is a nursery on-site.  There is also a variety of restaurants and coffee shops available on-site.

Local amenities/attractions

Tooting offers a wide range of bars and restaurants.  Clapham, Wimbledonand central London are within easy reach.

Transport links

The hospital is within easy access to the underground, overground and several bus links.

Parking arrangements

There is no staff parking available on the hospital grounds unless you are a permit holder. We do offer a park and ride facility.

Accolades/achievements of the trust

No information available.

Any additional information

St George’s Hospital is the major teaching hospital for south- west London. It is a regional referral centre for a wide array of specialities and provides excellent standard of care for patients who come from the local area, from the region and from further afield. It has a close association with St. George’s University of London Medical School and is the central point of postgraduate medical education for many trainees. St. George’s Hospital has more than 5,000 staff members.  We admit more than 61,500 patients per year for treatment and almost 100,000 are seen in the Emergency department.

Clinical Skills - Initial learning and maintaining competence in clinical skills have always been fundamental requirements for doctors in training and other medical staff. Now with mandatory revalidation, clinical skills training and competency are taking on a higher priority. St George’s has earned a sound reputation as a centre of excellence meeting all these needs. The programme of courses is both comprehensive and balanced with a long track record of success. St George’s clinical skills courses have fully equipped training rooms with all necessary support aids, course specific literature, support staff and specialist training consultants.

Foundation programme specific information

Induction/shadowing arrangements

There is a 5 day induction / shadowing period for FY1 doctors.  Further shadowing can be arranged by contacting Shelley Leeder in the Training and Development department.  Longer periods are available for doctors who trained overseas.

Educational and clinical supervision

Every Foundation Doctor is allocated an Educational Supervisor for the year.  In each attachment, trainees are also allocated a Clinical Supervisor.  The Foundation Trainees are also supported by Training Program Directors and the Director of Medical Education, as well as the postgraduate centre staff.

Teaching programme

Foundation Programme posts at St. George’s reflect the wide variety of clinical experience to be found in the hospital and its associated general practices and institutions. The rotations are all three four month jobs and have been designed to give an interesting variety of acute clinical experience. In some, there is an opportunity to work in one of the less common areas of medical practice and some trainees find that they are inspired to make a career choice based on their first hand understanding of what it is like to work in areas such as Paediatrics, Ophthalmology, Palliative Care medicine, Audiological medicine, Psychiatry and Genito-urinary medicine. F2 posts all include four months of A&E.

Both F1 and F2 trainees have the opportunity to attend the enormous variety of lectures, seminars and departmental meetings in the hospital and medical school as well as weekly Grand Rounds. Career workshops are offered to  both years, as well as optional workshops in Leadership Skills and Presentation Skills.

The 42 F1 trainees are offered simulation courses as well as protected teaching sessions that take place every Tuesday.  There is a full day teaching session in alternate months.
At F2 levels trainees are offered ALS, Simulation and ATLS courses, as well as protected teaching. Career workshops are also held to guide trainees when applying for ST posts.

Tasters

Tasters weeks are widely available and encouraged during the F2 year and during the final rotation in the FY1 year.

Simulation

All trainees attend simulation training days.

Foundation doctor forums

Foundation Doctors are represented at the Foundation Faculty meetings by 1-2 representatives from each year.

Any additional information

St George’s Hospital runs the Developing Authority Workshop, a unique programme designed to equip Foundation Doctors with the knowledge and skills to perform as future leaders in everyday situations. The aim of this 2-day workshop is to ensure you have the confidence to handle complex and challenging situations. You will gain strategies to manage the identity shift from junior team member to responsible clinician, both from your own perspective and that of those around you whether they be a patient or relative, a consultant or registrar, a nurse or other health-care professional. By the end of this course, you will learn how ‘having authority’ in the context of a hospital will benefit you, your patients and your colleagues. You will recognize your current professional mask and gain an understanding of your individual style and therefore which approaches are most effective for you.

A mentoring programme has been developed at St George’s.   A few years ago, foundation year doctors indicated that they would benefit from meeting more senior doctors outside their clinical firms. They felt registrars would be best placed to mentor junior doctors and this is now in its second year.  The registrars have a wealth of experience and are being up-to-date in practical elements such as application processes and would be able to support, guide and inspire junior doctors who are interested in a particular clinical field.

Every year we have an audit competition for our Foundation doctors.  As well as the prize, this provides an opportunity for the doctors to present their work and field questions from their peers and the judging panel. 

The FY1 doctors are also encouraged to present at their peer teaching afternoon on topics that are useful and relevant to FY1 doctors.  This opportunity can also be used to complete the Developing the Clinical Teacher assessment in the eportfolio.