Bedford Hospital

Bedford Hospital

Bedford Hospital is a relatively small but very friendly DGH. It is an ideal place to learn the craft of surgery. Out trainees always find the senior staff very supportive and approachable. As there is less competition for surgical cases than in the larger hospitals, trainees have ample opportunity to get to theatre. Filling a log book is  not usually a problem! There is also plenty of opportunity to attend OPD, where appropriate supervision is given. Trainees are actively encouraged to attend all regional teaching, and there is also good quality local training.

Our surveys show that in recent years the core trainees have been highly satisfied with their time at Bedford Hospital and would recommend it. And we enjoy having them!

Small to mid-size DGH

Serves a population of 270 000


Surgical Specialties:

  • Regional centre for Vascular Surgery (Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton)
  • General Surgery: UGI, Colo-rectal, Breast
  • Urology
  • Orthopaedics (no spinal service)
  • Plastic surgery
  • ENT


Core Surgical Training:

We have four General Surgical Core Trainees (CT 1 and CT 2). Each spends six months in vascular, colo-rectal, UGI/Breast and urology.

On call is done on the Junior clinical fellow rota. This is shared between general surgery, orthopaedics and urology, and all 3 specialties are covered after hours.

Senior cover is provided by ST3 or above.

In hours work is done in the specific specialty.



The hospital is a 10 minute walk from Bedford train station. There are fast train services in to London.

By car it is midway between the M1 jn 13 and the A1. It lies on the A6.

Direct trains to Luton airport and Gatwick.


What our trainees say about us:

“As a core surgical trainee at Bedford, I feel that I have developed a solid foundation of essential skills in the emergency and elective setting. There is good access to theatres with training opportunities from consultants and registrars. I have felt very supported by senior colleagues during my placements, and I am encouraged to attend theatres and clinics at every opportunity.”

“Lots of opportunities to attend theatre with keen trainers”

“Friendly hospital, helpful nursing staff, induction was well organised.HR also very helpful”


Mr Phillip Edge

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Bedford Hospital

James Paget University Hospital

James Paget University Hospital


Tutors Personal Statement

James Paget University Hospital is a District General Hospital serving a population of 250,000. All the staff are very friendly and senior medical staff are very supportive. The core surgical training programme offers training in general Surgery – including sub specialities, orthopaedics and otolaryngology. Despite challenges with rota patterns and new contract the rota has been redesigned and SMART criteria for core trainees are well met.  The department has special interest in teaching and training and holds departmental teaching programme on every wed morning. The Hospital has been the originator of 2 award winning e learning programmes (Mastership in oncoplastic breast, colorectal and regional anaesthesia) and Health Education England Emergency Surgery ST3 pilot. The consultants held laparoscopic training courses on site and anatomy course at UEA. Most consultants are MRCS examiners and interview at the National Selection Process for Higher Surgical Trainees.


Hospital size

The Hospital has 550 beds.


Surgical Specialties

  • Orthopaedics one core trainee,
  • ENT one core trainee
  • General Surgery (Upper GI, Colorectal and Breast each one core trainee)



Core trainee 1 – 2 posts, CT2-  3 posts


Travel information

There is regular bus and train service from Norwich. The Hospital lies just next to A12 and approached via A47 & A12.


Mr Kamal Aryal

Colorectal Surgeon, JPUH

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital




Top reasons to train with us:


  1. We are invested hugely in training . We organise and run the regional teaching program and run regular faculty development meetings
  2. Engaged trainers practising latest surgical techniques with state of the art equipment. We are an IST (Improving Surgical Training) pilot site.
  3. Large volumes of elective and emergency surgery
  4. Simulation room on site with further simulation facilities at University of East Anglia (UEA)
  5. Research active trust with close links to UEA
  6. Norwich is a fine city and offers the perfect balance of historic city life with delightful independent shops, coffee shops and restaurants and a vibrant arts scene.  The surrounding Norfolk countryside is stunning with broads and beachesA great place to bring up a family too.




The original Norfolk and Norwich Hospital was founded in the 1700s and later became the University Hospital (NNUH), a teaching hospital for Nurses, Doctors, Midwives, Operating Department Practitioners and Therapists linked with the University of East Anglia. Today the NNUH is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country. The hospital moved to its current purpose built location in 2001, a state of the art building with over 1,200 beds. The NNUH provides care to the surrounding population of approximately 825,000 with approximately 90,000 inpatients and 700,000 outpatients being treated each year. Recent expansions have included the Bob Champion Research and Education Centre, housing the postgraduate centre (NANIME), medical school facilities and some health science related University of East Anglia laboratories. This joint capability emphasizes the trusts focus on education and research. The Quadram Centre opened in 2019 and is Europes largest endoscopy centre housing clinical services alongside state of the art research facilities for food and gut health.

There are a wide range of busy surgical specialties on site including; General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Urology, Plastic Surgery, ENT, Thoracic Surgery, Orthopaedics and Paediatric Surgery.

There are currently 14 Core Surgical Trainees at the NNUH in all of the aforementioned specialties including the High Dependency Unit.



As well as a comprehensive induction programme, core surgical trainees at Norfolk and Norwich benefit from regular departmental teaching opportunities. There is flexibility between departments to allow trainees to attend teaching outside their working department according to their career intentions and learning needs. The regional core surgical training programme is based in Norwich with its simulation suite opening in 2018.


Research and innovation


Many of the surgical departments at NNUH have an international reputation for research or innovation with many collaborations between basic sciences at UEA and NNUH and large numbers of multicenter trials occurring at the trust. The orthopaedic unit participates in many large scale trials as well as being involved in sift tissue biology and microbiology research. The general surgery and urology teams are amongst the pioneers of robot assisted surgery.


Typical timetables


All surgical departments at NNUH design their rotas to ensure that trainees have adequate time for education, in clinics, theatres and multidisciplinary meetings. We were selected to be one of the general surgery Improving Surgical Training pilot sites and look forward to welcoming IST trauma and orthopaedics trainees form 2020.


Training facilities


24 hour library access

Simulation room onsite – open access in office hours

Simulation suite at Centrum UEA

Video links from operating theatres to lecture theatre


Meet the surgical tutors


Claire Edwards


I was appointed as an orthopaedic consultant with a special interest in hand surgery in 2010. I have been an assigned educational supervisor since I started and was appointed to be the College Tutor and Director of Medical Education for Core Surgery in the region in 2018.


 I trained in the East Midlands and completed a PhD part way through training. I am still very research active and sit on a number of committees including the T+O ST3 selection design group, the BSSH hand trauma committee and the RCSEd research and awards committee. I chair the RCSEd T+O Surgical Specialty Board and am a member of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers.


Despite being a northerner I love living in Norfolk – the combination of outdoor lifestyle and cultural activities suit me well. Outside of work I am a keen triathlete and have an amazing family with 2 young children and an expanding population of pets.





















Watford General Hospital

Watford Hospital Guide

Watford General Hospital is a 521-bed acute District General Hospital situated on Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire. Watford General Hospital is a 521-bed acute District General Hospital situated on Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire and is split between 3 sites: Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

St Albans City Hospital is the Trust’s elective care centre. It provides a wide range of elective care (both inpatient low risk surgery and day-case) and a wide range of outpatient and diagnostic services with in excess of 70,000 outpatient appointments. It has 40 beds and 6 theatres.

The surgical department boasts 14 General Surgery Consultants, 16 Orthopaedic consultants and 4 Urology consultants. There is a weekly bleep-free (and catered) surgical programme for juniors on Thursdays.

A state-of-the-art simulation suite costing £300,000 has just been opened at Watford general Hospital. The suite replicates an acute care environment and provides realistic training by enabling staff to take part in simulated scenarios, and includes a fully functional “Sim Man” with which all junior doctors complete mandatory simulation training.

West Suffolk Hospital

West Suffolk Hospital


The West Suffolk Hospital is situated in the beautiful market town of Bury St Edmunds.  It is a town of rich and fascinating heritage with stunning medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and a world famous Cathedral and Abbey Gardens.  With prestigious shopping, thriving arts and entertainment scene and a huge variety of fabulous restaurants and bars it provides for every taste and requirement to enable you to recharge and relax when not at work.

The hospital is approximately 1 hour 45 minute drive from central London, with rail links to both Kings Cross and Liverpool Street with journey times of just over 2 hours.  The cycle route from the station takes approximately 15 minutes and there is safe cycle parking and plenty of staff car parking on site.   Accommodation can be arranged on site if desired.

The hospital is a 430 bed DGH, with a catchment area of 600 square miles and serves a population of 280,000.  It has consistently been named as one of the country’s top hospitals for providing safe, effective and high quality care and received the best CQC report of all hospitals in the region after the last inspection in 2016.  We are an associate teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Within the Surgery department we currently offer Core Training posts in General Surgery and Urology, but can be flexible and offer alternate posts in Trauma & Orthopaedics or ENT if desired.  At present our CTs spend 6 months in both Urology and General Surgery, and are supported by enthusiastic Assigned Educational Supervisors and College Tutor to make sure that all training needs are being met, and careers guidance is being given.  Our recent CT trainees far exceeded their operative number and WBA requirements.  There is an active teaching programme within the Surgery department and also from the Post Graduate Medical Education Centre which also houses a state of the art simulation centre.

We look forward to welcoming you to our busy, friendly hospital.


Miss Lora Young

Orthopaedic Surgeon, West Suffolk Hospital


West Suffolk Hospital Recommendation:

Hi there, my name is Abi Kanthabalan. I was a Core Surgical Trainee at West Suffolk Hospital for my CT2 year. I did 6 months of General Surgery and 6 months of Urology. West Suffolk is a fantastic hospital and I have learnt so much here. As part of this rotation I was on-call Registrar in both specialties and this is where I feel improved my clinical skills the most. I would review emergency patients where I had to make decisions on which patients required emergency theatre, the appropriate scan according to clinical need, prioritizing patients for clinical review, leading and teaching junior doctors and medical students on surgical and urological emergencies and learning key laparoscopic and endoscopic skills. During my normal hours, I attended both main theatre and Day Surgery Unit where I was often first assistant or primary surgeon working with registrar or consultant. In General Surgery, I had exposure to inguinal and para-umbilical hernias, laparoscopic appendicectomy and cholecystectomy, exploratory laparotomy, large and small bowel resection, stoma formation, de-roofing of liver cysts and Nissen’s fundoplication. During my time in Urology I was exposed to ureteric stent insertion, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, bladder cancer resection, prostate resection and biopsy, testicular torsion, vasectomy, penile prosthesis implantation and Nesbit’s procedure. Consultants at West Suffolk are approachable and I was always able to ask for both clinical and academic advice. I was able to complete my surgical e-portfolio with more than required numbers of CBDs, DOPs and CEXs. As a result of my time in West Suffolk Hospital I feel I have become more competent as a surgical trainee and feel ready to take on responsibility of becoming a registrar.

Abi Kanthabalan

Core Surgical Trainee

West Suffolk Hospital

August 2016 – 2017

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