Anaesthesia at Kent and Canterbury Hospital



Kent and Canterbury Hospital is a medium-sized district hospital on the outskirts of the cathedral city of Canterbury. The hospital has approximately 300 beds offering an Emergency Care Centre, a specialised range of in-patient surgical services and the full spectrum of day surgery specialties.


It is one of the three hospitals which make up The East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.   The Kent and Canterbury Hospital (KCH) provides a range of important inpatient services, which includes an unselected medical take as well as a new Emergency Care Centre. New investments have included a day surgery suite, an endoscopy suite and a state of the art child ambulatory day centre. It hosts the base for the renal services for Kent which have been expanded and developed in conjunction with urological surgery (work includes major cancer surgery with the newly acquired ‘Da Vinci’ robot and laparoscopic nephrectomy) as well as vascular surgery and interventional radiology culminating in the recent opening of a purpose-built endovascular theatre with state of the art imaging facilities.


Emergency theatre cover is provided every day in addition to four sessions of emergency cover per week for the endovascular theatre. Critical care facilities include a six bedded Intensive care unit and a separate 4 bedded High Dependency Unit. Additional services provided by the anaesthetic department include the provision of anaesthesia for infants and children undergoing MRI scans (Trust-wide Service) and insertion of long term indwelling IV catheters (PICC, Hickman lines and Portacaths)  These services are provided by the Intensivists who are happy to teach trainees these skills where appropriate. There is also an active Chronic Pain Management department.    


Who we are


Kent & Canterbury Hospital provides a central base for many specialist services in East Kent such as renal, vascular, interventional radiology, urology, dermatology, neurology, haemophilia and radiotherapy services. The original part of the main hospital building was constructed in 1937, with later developments undertaken on site in the 1960s. The site has seen significant investment in recent years.   Where we are Canterbury is a vibrant city with plenty for an active social life including nightlife, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, pubs and within easy travelling distance to the coast for watersports such as sailing, surfing, water-skiing and jet-skiing. There are good shopping and recreational facilities in and around the city of Canterbury, attracting people from across the area.  "It is easy to see why East Kent is becoming so popular - all the attractions without the London prices or stress.” Furthermore, there are a number of sports facilities available locally including swimming pool complexes and sports centres/gyms/clubs.  


Transport links


Trains run regularly from London to either Canterbury East or Canterbury West. The journey time via the high speed rail link is approximately 55 minutes. Canterbury East is the nearest train station to the Hospital and is a 10 minute walk away. The A2 brings you directly into Canterbury by road.   Parking arrangements: Junior doctors, if required, will be issued with a temporary parking permit for the first month while a permanent car parking permit is being issued.  


Education Centre


There is a large, active Medical Education centre at Kent & Canterbury Hospital with well stocked library facilities, teaching programme and facilities as well as a clinical skills laboratory with a vast array of skills models to train on. There are close links with the University of Kent at Canterbury and Canterbury Christ Church University College. Medical students from Guy’s. King’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals (GKT) medical schools as well as overseas students undertake attachments at Kent & Canterbury Hospital in various specialties.  


Library facilities


There is a Library at KCH which works in collaboration with other libraries in the trust, Kent Surrey Sussex Health Libraries and national organisations to provide access to an extensive range of resources. The library provides a full service, is available twenty four hours a day with computer access to electronic resources via the internet and Athens authentication. In addition to nationally purchased electronic resources the Trust also subscribes to Medical Masterclass and UptoDate. Qualified library staff also provide teaching sessions on reading research papers, basic statistics and locating evidence.  


IT Facilities


Open access computers are available in the library providing access to Microsoft Office products and internet access via the hospital network. There are plans to install additional computers with internet provision outside the NHS network. The teaching rooms and lecture theatre have internet access, white boards, video conferencing facilities. The Medical Illustrations department is available to support doctors in producing posters, storing images and using more sophisticated technology. The Trust issues each staff member with an encrypted memory stick.  


Doctors' mess


Kent & Canterbury Hospital’s Mess is one of the busiest and most social around. Mess events are plentiful and well organised by the committee. It has a recently fitted fully equipped kitchen and seating area, with a large screen TV. The Mess subscription fee is £10 per month. The Mess is easily accessible from all parts of the hospital and is always buzzing with activity. The Mess is also very popular with Consultants at Canterbury, making it a perfect place to engage and learn.  


Other facilities


The Kent & Canterbury Hospital is one of three acute hospitals forming the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. The hospital provides a range of elective and emergency services including an innovative Emergency Care Centre (ECC). A consultant led acute pain service and anaesthetic led pre-assessment clinics provide further training opportunities. It is also possible to visit other hospitals within the trust where Kent & Canterbury consultants provide anaesthetic services.








6 x anaesthetic trainees (ST3-6)   

1 x Foundation Yr1 Anaesthesia   

1 x Foundation Yr2 ITU


Type of Work:


Rota 1:8 with prospective cover, on a ‘rolling’ rota with 2 non-training post holders. There is one tier of resident cover out of hours. Trainees work a shift system which is New Deal / EWTD compliant and paid at Band 1A.


Qualifications and professional registration required:


MBBS or equivalent, GMC Registration



Commencement date:


First Wednesday in August anually




Trainees are released each week for the half day teaching programme which is mapped to the Final FRCA curriculum. Senior trainees are also released to attend the monthly central Senior SpR Study days. There is a departmental programme of weekly journal clubs and bimonthly surgical division education, training and audit meetings.  


Research Opportunities:


Trainees will be supported if they wish to pursue their research interests and the anaesthetic department takes part in national research initiatives where possible.    




Consultant and Permanent Staff:


Dr A C Beaumont - ITU Lead/Divisional Site Lead QEQM

Dr M Coupe - Acute Pain Lead, F1 Anaesthetics Supervisor, Anaesthetic Clinical Lead KCH

Dr H G R Dent - Paediatrics

Dr R Johi - Audit Lead

Dr S Jovanovic - Pre Assessment Lead

Dr R Kapoor - ITU

Dr J C MacKinnon - Divisional Site Lead KCH/Paediatric Lead

Dr M Mayall - ITU/Clinical Tutor KCH site, F2 ICM Supervisor

Dr N Somerville - College Tutor and Faculty lead

Dr G Strandvik - ITU

Dr Mohammed Ali

Dr V Parameswaran   

Dr K Ponnusamy - Chronic Pain

Dr A Thottungal - Chronic pain


Associate Specialists:


Dr D Milanovic (part time)

Dr G Milosavljevic

Dr N Tomanovic

Dr S Trajkovic

Dr V Srbljak 

Dr U Rastogi 

Dr C Braid






Director of Medical Education:


Dr Prathibha Bandipalyam  


Clinical Tutor:


Dr Martin Mayall  


Medical Education Manager:


 Mrs June Toms  


Medical Staffing Manager:


Mrs Kim Fishlock       


Trust Switchboard Tel No: 01227 766877  


Further information:

Please contact Dr N Somerville (College Tutor) for more information.




Kent and Canterbury Hospital



Basic Pay referring to national salary scales:


Travel and relocation expenses policy:



About this training opportunity
Training Level: 
Higher Training
Contact information


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