General Surgery at Medway Maritime Hospital



The General Surgery Unit has 13 Consultants.  There is a wide range of general surgery with a special interest, including paediatric, breast, onco-plastic and a very well established colorectal and laparoscopic unit. We are a regional vascular unit.


One of the first things you will notice is the friendliness of the department and the Trust.

You will be supported by your Programme Lead, Educational and Clinical Supervisors, all of whom give you regular feedback about your progress. 

The progress of all trainees is monitored through Local Faculty Groups and HE KSS Specialty Schools.




ST3 to ST7


Type of Work


1 in 11 partial shift compliant with current regulations.

On call duties are: 0800 to 1730, 17.30 to 0830, or 2000 to 0830. Normal working day is 0800 to 1700.

The on calls are very busy, but well supported by consultants, who have no other commitments during these times.

There is a dedicated Surgical Assessment Unit, where you will supervise the work of the junior trainees in the immediate management of acutely ill patients.


Name of the position and work needing to be done


Higher Specialty Trainee in Surgery.


The department will provide an excellent environment to gain the necessary skills to progress to independent practice. Medway is considered amongst trainees to be one of the foremost training institutions in general surgery, but particularly in colorectal surgery, where senior trainees have excellent opportunities to develop skills in performing complex colorectal procedures. Of the 5 colorectal surgeons, 3 have a very significant laparoscopic interest and have a very strong in imparting these skills. An example of the level of training opportunities is 9 laparoscopic resections in a 10 week period.


Qualifications and professional registration required


Attainment of core competencies


Anticipated duration of programme


1 year


Commencement date


3rd October 2012


Standard rotaion details:


Sub-specialty trainees will spend 2 6-month blocks within their chosen sub specialty.  At ST3 and ST4 we aim to provide a wider exposure to general surgery.  Senior trainees are expected to involve themselves in the training of the  more junior grades on the wards and in the theatre, thus enhancing their teaching  skills.

Sample timetable:







Audit / Research / Admin



0800 to 0900 Tuesday Meeting

0900 Consultant ward round

1100 Colorectal department meeting



1230 Colorectal planning meeting

1330 IBD MDT

1400 Colorectal MDT



On call alternate weeks



On call alternate weeks



Supervised endoscopy



Supervised general and colorectal outpatient clinic



All day theatre list





Trainees are encouraged to become involved in audit and research.
Attendance at regional training days organised by KSS Deanery Specialty Schools are encouraged and supported.


Educational Supervisor


Allocated on arrival, depending on sub-specialty.


Mr Pankaj Gandhi, Specialty/College Tutor,


Clinical Lead


Mr Christopher Butler.






Outcome of training programme i.e. core competencies


Confidence and competence to progress either to independent practice, or to further supervised training


Basic Pay referring to national salary scales 

About this training opportunity
Training Level: 
Higher Training


Medway Maritime Hospital
Windmill Road Gillingham
Kent ME7 5NY
United Kingdom
Phone: 01634 830000
51° 22' 45.9912" N, 0° 32' 30.3468" E
This programme runs in the following trusts