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Information about training and teaching in surgery at Medway NHS Foundation Trust.


"The Department of Surgery at Medway NHS Foundation Trust has a strong reputation for teaching and training. Our specialties include General & Vascular Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Urology, Otolaryngology, and Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery. Most surgeons have a subspecialty interest, such as robotic surgery in Urology and Colorectal surgery. We are a Trauma Centre and therefore run daily emergency (CEPOD) and trauma lists. These are organised as training lists, and provide ample opportunity to gain experience in surgery.

"Medway is part of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Deanery, and we are therefore closely involved with the regional teaching programmes. Each department also conducts a local teaching programme. Many of our Surgeons are involved with training at the Royal College of Surgeons, either as members of the Court of Examiners, or with the Specialty Advisory Committees (SAC). We also run a Masters course in Surgery at Canterbury Christchurch University. Our Postgraduate Department and Library are modern, well-funded and supportive of learning. For example, this year we have installed a cutting-edge simulation suite for
arthroscopy. Our Department has a long tradition of undergraduate medical education. We therefore enjoy close links with Kings College London, and the Kent & Medway Medical School."

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Mr Howard Marsh

Surgical College Tutor





  • Faculty
    Faculty ensure that a safe learning environment is maintained for learners and encourages self-reflection on learning Faculty engage in continuing professional development with regular evaluation of performance by both learner and fellow faculty Faculty are competent in the process of debriefing
  • Activity
    Simulation-based education programmes are developed in alignment with formal curriculum Mapping or learning/training needs The patient perspective is considered and demonstrated within educational planning A faculty member with expertise in SBE oversees the simulation programme Design and ensures that it is regularly peer reviewed via feedback, kept up to date and relevant to the clinical needs and mapped curriculum Regular evaluation of programmes and faculty is undertaken to ensure that Content and relevance is maintained.
  • Assessment
    The assessment is based on the intended learning outcomes of the exercise, with clarity regarding the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be evaluated and is appropriately tailored to the professional Curricula to be evaluated. Psychological safety of the learner is considered and appropriately supported Faculty have a responsibility for patient safety and to raise concerns regarding learner Performance within educational settings.
  • In Situ Simulation (ISS)
    Every ISS exercise has clearly defined learning objectives that achieve individual, team, unit level and/or organisational competencies Local processes and procedures are carefully reviewed to deliver ISS activity authentically Faculty delivering the ISS activity are proficient in SBE and have the required expertise on a given Topic.
  • Resources
    A variety of simulation based modalities, including simulated patients, is incorporated into simulation based programmes to create appropriate realism of the learning environment and achieve the objectives of the session being taught The facility has a clear strategic plan which addresses wider organisational and stakeholders’ Needs A designated individual oversees the strategic delivery of SBE programmes and ensures that appropriate maintenance of simulation equipment is undertaken
  • Management, Leadership & Development"
    A designated lead (Dr Manisha Shah) with organisational influence and accountability manages the simulation activity There is a clear vision and mission statement to demonstrate aims and objectives of the facility There is a clear alignment to the wider organisational and stakeholders’ needs, Acting as a quality and risk management resource for organisations to help achieve the goals

Curriculum information

The Royal College of Surgeons of England and ISCP websites have detailed information on curricula, assessments and requirements for successful completion of training.

Royal College of Surgeons of England

Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme

Curriculum information
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