Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery at Darent Valley Hospital



Darent Valley is uniquely placed just outside the M25, i.e. “in the country”, yet within 20 minutes of central London (via St Pancras). Our catchment is wide and varied with both socially excluded patients mixing with those of greater affluence. This provides a very wide group of patients for trainees to learn from and this is dealt with in greater detail below.


We are a new-looking but well established unit, built in 2000, and provide all those services expected in a district general-type environment, and some more specialist as well, e.g. recurrent miscarriage and complex minimal access surgery.


Public transport access is very good with fast and reliable services for both staff and patients. Being located so close to the M25 allows trainees from further afield to commute daily rather than weekly, as they do for some other units. A further advantage that has been mentioned is our close proximity to Bluewater Shopping Centre.


The on-site modern accommodation rooms are available to all staff at a competitive rate for short or long term bookings.


The new Simulation and Skills Suite opened in February 2012 and includes state of the art simulation equipment such as the Laerdal SimMan 3G mannequin. The simulation experience is captured with live relays to viewing rooms and play back facility for debriefing.


The library is based within the Philip Farrant Education Centre. Services include general literature enquiries and searches, information skills training and electronic resources.





Trauma and Orthopaedics




Higher Specialty Registrar



Location within programme

Department of Surgery



Type of Work

The Trauma and Orthopaedic Department is well established with a regular intake of general trauma including multiply injured patients.  We have several sub specialties including hip, knee, foot and ankle and upper limb Surgeons.  Higher surgical trainees have ample opportunity to attend both elective and trauma operating lists and are encouraged to operate with supervision.  The main In-patient Surgical Wards are Maple and Cherry Wards and a 24hrs Day Ward for day cases.  We have a high turnover of hip and knee replacements and an efficient turnover of Day Surgery for shoulder and foot and ankle operations.


All Consultants are committed to training and past trainees have always had good numbers for their Log Books.  Training opportunities are focused on theatre and ward based environments with regular teaching trauma meetings and weekly local orthopaedic teaching.  Attendance at Study Days and Courses is encouraged as is Clinical Audit.



Name of the position and work needing to be done




Management of elective and emergency surgical patients.  Completion of competencies and career progression as appropriate – for e.g.; FRCS exams.


The curriculum for your surgical specialty can be found at The Local Surgical Faculty is responsible for ensuring that the surgical programme is such that it will enable you to meet specific competences required in any given year by your curriculum. It is important that you read the curriculum so that you are aware of what is required of you and the competencies that are required, in order to complete you training satisfactorily.  It is the acquisition of these competencies that will be assessed during the year using a selection of the various Assessment Tools.



Qualifications and professional registration required


  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Successful completion of MRCS or equivalent, at time of application
  • Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment



Anticipated duration of programme

Twelve month placement within T & O




Commencement date

October or April each year dependant on deanery allocation



Standard rotation details

6 months posts with either focus on upper limb or lower limb surgery rotating at the mid way point.



Educational Supervisor

Mr Farid Moftah: Clinical Director

Mr Michael Thilagarajah: Educational Lead

Mr Suhaib Sait

Mr Ravinder Singh

Mr James Smith

Mr Antony Addison




Clinical Lead

College Tutor: Mr Michael Thilagarajah, Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics and Educational T&O Lead 

Clinical Tutor: Ms Seema Seetharam, Consultant Breast Surgeon

Clinical Director: Mr Farid Mofta






Competencies to enable successful completion of modules for CCT



Outcome of training programme i.e. core competencies

This Surgical curriculum is competency based and leads to the satisfactory completion of competencies.


You will be supported during your time at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust by your Programme Lead, an allocated Educational Supervisor and Clinical Supervisors, all of whom will give you regular feedback about your progress. You should never be in any doubt about your progress and what you can do to improve this.





Salary Scale



Basic Pay referring to national salary scales 


Travel and relocation expenses policy



About this training opportunity
Training Level: 
Higher Training
Contact information


Darent Valley Hospital
Darenth Wood Road Dartford
Kent DA2 8DA
United Kingdom
Phone: 01322 428100
This programme runs in the following trusts