Urology Training Programme

About

The HEE KSS training programme in Urology is one of the most popular training programmes in the country. The Programme provides General Urological training over a wide geographic area in a total of twelve NHS Trusts. This programme has been designed to more than adequately prepare trainees for CCT and independent Consultant practice in the United Kingdom. The training programme is led by Steve Garnettt, Training Programme Director (TPD), to find out more about his role visit the Meet the Team webpage.

Curriculum

The urology curriculum provides a comprehensive outline of requirements covering all competencies.

The curriculum is integral to the e-portfolio and all the assessment requirements are mapped against it. All competencies must be supported by evidence. Each competency must be signed off by educational supervisors (and likely to be clinical supervisor with new ePortfolios) and must be supported with all evidence of trainees learning. This will ensure trainees’ ePortfolios are packed full of evidence that clinical activities.

It is essential that urology trainees and trainers understand this curriculum as their whole programme is based on it.


Where do trainees train?

There are many fantastic training opportunities within the region which are based in:

Kent

– Medway Maritime Hospital, Medway – Medway NHS Foundation Trust

– Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford – Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

– Maidstone Hospital, Maidstone – Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

– Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury – East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust

Surrey

– St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey – Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

– Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley – Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

– Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford – Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust 

– East Surrey Hospital, Redhill – Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Sussex

– Eastbourne District General Hospital, Eastbourne – East Sussex Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

– Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

– Worthing Hospital, Worthing – Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

To find out more about each training location, please visit the Local Education Provider webpage.


Rotations

The Programme is broadly divided into three areas:

West

– St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey – Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

– Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley – Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

– Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford – Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

East

– East Surrey Hospital, Redhill – Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

– Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford – Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

– Maidstone Hospital, Maidstone – Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

– Medway Maritime Hospital, Medway – Medway NHS Foundation Trust

South coast

– Worthing Hospital, Worthing – Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

– Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

– Eastbourne District General Hospital, Eastbourne – East Sussex Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Having completed the first three years (ST3, ST4 and ST5) in one of these regions, the senior Trainees (ST6 and ST7) are free to choose postings across the broader patch.

The Training Programme Directors insist on a strict Quality & Assurance Assessment of all posts which forms the basis for a ‘trainee-driven’ choice of postings. The policy dictates that senior trainees have first preference over the junior trainees – and the TPDs only intervene if an amicable solution could not be found. This have proven to be a very popular and fair way of conducting the programme.


Teaching and Learning

The teaching programme is championed across the patch by a group of enthusiastic trainers covering all aspects of the Urology National Curriculum, Audit, QIPP, Leadership and Simulation training.

There are also annual in-service exams (MCQ) with mock ‘FRCS-style’ viva-voce are held one a year. All trainees are very well prepared for the FRCS examination and recent Gold Medal winners are alumni from this programme.

Training Days are always held on a Friday and attendance is mandatory. All of our trainers have embraced and support this ideal.

All trainees attend an Interim ARCP process in February of each year, with a small proportion being invited for a Final ARCOP review in July.

KSS Urology training pogramme evolved from the South Thames London Training Programme and, while now separated, twice yearly joint STC and Audit Prize Presentations are held for all trainees from both the KSS and London training programmes. These are very dynamic, and intellectually stimulating training and presentation opportunities for all trainees.

KSS Training Programme Directors continue to work closely with the RSM Section of Urology in providing additional teaching and presentation opportunities.

The Training Programme Directors are constantly reminded by the Trainees that this is the most ‘social’ training programme in the country. A terrific spirit of teaching, socializing and mutual support has evolved within the current group of trainees.