Medway Prospectus

Medway Maritime Hospital

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Trust contact details  

Medway Maritime Hospital Windmill Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 5NY  

01634 830000  

Trust Website:  

Medical Education Website:  

PGMC Contact:

Key personnel  

Director of Medical Education  
Dr Janette Cansick  

Deputy Director of Medical Education  
Dr Ashike Choudhury 

Foundation Training Programme Director(s)  
Dr Rupinder Kaur (F1)  
Dr Naser Ben-Ramadan (F2)  

Strategic Medical Education Manager  
Ms Carol Atkins  

Operational Medical Education Manager  
Mrs June Mossop-Toms  

Foundation Programme Supervisor  
Ms Sally Bambrough  

Foundation Assistant 
Miss Shaira Agunias  

Head of Medical Resourcing  
Mrs Zoe Laker-Smith 


Postgraduate Centre  

The Education Centre and Library are located adjacent to the Hospital.  

There are multiple seminar rooms in the Education Centre that are used for teaching, training, regional training days, audits, meetings (including foundation doctor feedback meetings) etc.  

Also located in the Education Centre you will find the Research and Innovation team on the first floor and on the ground floor, simulation and the library and knowledge services departments.   

The Medical Education Team to support foundation doctors are located within the Centre and are always available to answer any questions or concerns and are available to provide pastoral support where required. The DME and Foundation Training Programme Directors can also be contacted through the Medical Education Team administrators. We operate an open door policy and are available on request for training and wellbeing support.  A Wellbeing Lead is also available for support. 


Hospital accommodation is situated in the residencies on the perimeter road, within the hospital grounds, which are a 2 minute walk from the main entrance and many of the foundation doctors live on site.  

The trust offers flat-style living, with shared living areas and bathrooms (some with en-suite facilities) and we do have a limited amount of family units available. We have waiting lists for preferences that are currently unavailable.  

Accommodation is available at a competitive rate. Contact the Accommodation Team at: to discuss bookings and charges. There is a good supply of rental properties locally, should you wish to rent off site. Designated on-call facilities and ‘Don’t Drive Tired’ rooms are also available on site.  

There is also an onsite Gym – Medway Fitness Hub, which you can apply for at the time of joining. 

Social activities  

There is a very active social programme arranged by the Doctors’ Mess.  

The Mess is hidden behind an unmarked door, opposite the Chapel in the main hospital site. There is Sky TV, comfortable sofas and computers. There are also lockers and a kitchen area. The notice boards hold information on all important Mess nights out, including the Summer and Christmas Grand Balls.  

The role of Mess President is usually held by a Postgraduate Doctor.

Library facilities  

The Medway Knowledge and Library Service (KLS) is located within the Education Centre.  

Medway KLS provides access to print and electronic journals, books, board games and multimedia resources and services to help all staff and students find and use the best evidence to support patient care, clinical governance, research, education and professional development. The Library also has a Well-being Collection and small fiction collection. 

Library facilities include quiet study spaces, Wi-Fi, computers and access to many online resources. Library members have access to the self-service book issue unit and are able to borrow up to 10 books at a time. 

Services offered by the Library include article and book request services, literature searching, skills training in evidence searching and critical appraisal skills. 

Library opening hours:  
The Library reading rooms are open 24 hours a day.  

The Library is staffed 8.30 am – 5.00 pm Monday – Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. 

Outside staffed hours access to the Library is via the side entrance opposite Residence 11 using your Trust ID card. 

For general enquiries and inter-library loans, please email:  


Parking arrangements  

On-site parking is available and parking permit applications will be included in your starter pack from Medical Resourcing. Parking charges are deducted from your monthly salary. 

Foundation Specific  

Medway currently provides 56 F1 and 43 F2 programmes (increasing to 55 in 2023) consisting of three 4-month placements. We offer a range of hospital-based specialties as well as community placements such as Psychiatry, GUM, Community Frailty and General Practice. We have often been able to accommodate changes to these rotations with internal swaps where educationally appropriate if possible.  

Induction/shadowing arrangements  

All F1 Doctors commencing at Medway undertake a mandatory extended induction programme commencing at the end of July. This includes the opportunity to ‘shadow’ the F1 from whom they will be taking over and gain an insight into the role and responsibilities of a postgraduate doctor. This also includes some simulation training scenarios. Additional shadowing can be arranged on request.  


A maximum of 5 days may be taken for a ‘taster’ either in the final 4-months of your F1 year or early within the foundation doctors F2 year. These should be arranged locally by foundation doctors at a time convenient to the specialty you are working in and the proposed Taster specialty. For further information and guidance please see the STFS website.  


The simulation suite at Medway, has a wide range of facilities and equipment available, such as operating theatres, A&E resuscitation bays, clinical wards and a GP room, Immersive room – to replicate a true to environment place to practice with a fully working clinical skills lab, with the ability to practice scrub technique, catheterisation, cannulation and so on. 

Medway provides a comprehensive programme for the foundation doctors within this range of facilities.  Each foundation doctor will take part in a full day simulation and clinical skills session, the session is provided to a mix of both F1s and F2s. 

Foundation doctors will take part in simulation based training focused on methods of Recognising and Managing the Deterioration of Patients using tools such as SBAR, A-E Assessment, NEWS Scoring and Human Factors. 

Each case scenario lasts about 15–20 minutes and participants are asked to manage the patient’s presenting complaint as they would during any acute real-life situation. After each scenario, the tutors provided both the participants and observers with a debriefing session that would include giving feedback to the two doctors in training being assessed.  

Educational Objectives: 

  • Take a good targeted history, examination, and take appropriate investigations. 
  • To Interpret clinical findings and results 
  • To correctly manage and treat and refer when appropriate 
  • To establish correct prioritisation with efficiency 
  • To demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patient and colleagues 

Following on from this, all foundation doctors will take part in a full day Human Factors session, this allows candidates to look at: 

  • Helping understand a human factors perspective to investigating and learning from adverse events. 
  • Provide key principles that can be applied to capture the human contribution to adverse events. 
  • Learning the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, to help optimize human well-being and overall system performance. 

For F1s, it is essential that they are provided with a full induction that will help them settle within the new environment and a fully immersive simulation/skills Induction session is provided to enable this.  All F1s will learn and put in to practice, varying systems such as management of defibrillators, electronic systems and massive blood loss protocol to make sure that they are comfortable in their new environment. 

Foundation Doctor Forums  

Foundation Doctor Forums are held regularly and F1 and F2 foundation doctor representatives are asked to attend.  

Foundation doctor Representatives are also appointed to attend the Local Faculty Group for foundation doctors to ensure the foundation doctors’ voice is heard and represented at these meetings. Feedback will be gained by  canvasing opinions from peer colleagues by holding a forum three times a year, sometimes electronically, before the Local Faculty Group Meetings in November, March and June to gain feedback on foundation doctor concerns as well as highlighting positive elements for these meetings. 

Educational and clinical supervision  

Postgraduate doctors are allocated an educational supervisor for the year and for each placement they are placed with a consultant from their team for clinical supervision.  

All educational supervisors have been suitably trained to become accredited supervisors. 

Teaching programme  

In addition to departmental teaching, foundation doctors receive weekly protected, bleep-free teaching on Tuesday afternoons for F1s and Thursday afternoons for F2s. Self-development time (SDT) is allocated following the weekly Foundation teaching sessions to complete statutory and mandatory training, portfolio, audit and research, etc. You will also be required to undertake ILS/ALS.  

We look forward to meeting and working with you and hope you will enjoy your time with us at Medway.  

Local Area

Transport links  

The hospital is situated within a 15 minute walk of Gillingham Railway station, from where it is, it is 45 minutes by train from Victoria, 50 minutes on a fast service from London Bridge and 35 minutes from London St Pancras.  

Ebbsfleet International station is 20 minutes away and there are fast links from here to the Continent. There is access by car to the A2, M2, M25 and M20.  

Local amenities/attractions  

Many of our doctors commute from London and the M25 corridor, but there is a wealth of history in Rochester and the historic Chatham Dockyard should you choose to live locally.  

At Chatham Dockside you will find a small shopping outlet with plenty of welcoming restaurants and bars, there is also a Gym.  

Rochester is very popular for eating out and nearby Maidstone also has many clubs and bars for an exciting night out.  

The Medway towns are only 20 minutes by road from Bluewater, which is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK housing bars, restaurants and a Cineplex.   

Good sports and recreational facilities are also available locally. 

The M2 is also only a stone’s throw away from Medway which gives you access to the countryside, market and coastal towns such as Whitstable, Herne Bay, Faversham, Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate. You can also travel to Ashford outlet centre, Folkestone and Dover from the M2 as well as visit the cathedral city of Canterbury – Things To Do, What’s On, Accommodation – Visit Kent 

Visit Medway | The Official Tourism website for Medway Council – Visit Medway 


Accolades/achievements of the Trust  

Medway NHS Foundation Trust is a very busy NHS Trust with excellent educational support for doctors in training. We take pride in having a reputation as a hardworking and friendly environment in which to train and work. At Medway we have developed clear visions and values to ensure that it is the first choice for patients and staff.  

The Foundation Faculty has been recognised by STFS for its achievements in working and supporting foundation doctors in need of support.  

Terms and conditions of employment  
All posts are subject to the terms and conditions of employment as set out by the Trust and further details can be obtained from the Medical Resourcing department at the time of appointment.  

Additional information  

The Trust is committed to training and has links to local Higher Education Institutions. As an associated teaching hospital, we welcome medical students from King’s College London Medical School. You will have the opportunity to participate in their teaching if they are allocated to your team or if you wish to be involved in the undergraduate teaching programme. The Trust is also associated with Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) and has accepted the 1st cohort of medical students in 2022. There will be many leadership opportunities for foundation doctors to mentor and teach these local students. You can request further information from:

Undergraduate Medical Education Manager  
Ms Daniella James-