Our locations, tutors and opportunities for core trainees

East Sussex

Dr Michele Travers is the locality tutor for psychiatry in East Sussex. She works alongside Maria McKenna, Deputy Medical Education Manager, and her team, housed at the Department of Education (DOP) at Eastbourne District General Hospital, Eastbourne.

In East Sussex, there are currently 20 psychiatry trainees working across different grades and at various levels of their education. We offer a thriving and challenging learning environment for students from varying backgrounds. Our psychiatry training program offers placement for medical students, foundation years, GPVTS, core and higher specialist trainees. Additionally, we also attract physician associates and GP fellows. The work environment is collegial and flexible.

The geographical region for East Sussex is beautiful and vast, affording trainees the chance to experience a range of different learning environments. Although home base for the trainees is located at the DOP in Eastbourne, placements are also offered in neighbouring sites. Trainees can be assigned to work at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, the Hellingly Centre in Polegate, Eastbourne District General Hospital, or in one of several local community outpatient centres, including Cavendish House in Hastings or Saint Mary’s House in Eastbourne. As a trainee, there are also different opportunities to work across a range of care groups, encompassing general adult, old age, and/or child and adolescent. Moreover, rotations occur in different settings, such as inpatient, liaison, secure and forensics, crisis teams, and community outpatient services. 

All our trainees are supervised by experienced educational and/or clinical supervisors who teach from a wide range of special interests. Trainees are encouraged to remain involved academically and are provided with the necessary tools to begin a journey of life-long learning. Critical thinking is considered essential and opportunities are made available for audits and poster work during rotations.  Weekly academic sessions offer excellent experience for trainees to enhance their confidence in critical appraisal of journal articles, case presentations, and developing areas of special interest. For those with further research interests, trainees can participate in clinical trials at AMHRU (in areas of depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia research). Because of our link with Brighton and Sussex Medical School, many trainees are able to work towards completion of their membership and begin to develop an association to the medical school. Many of our trainees are interested in teaching. Medical students from Brighton and Sussex Medical School value their time working with and learning under our doctors-in-training. 

Click the links below to see the job descriptions for the opportunities available in this area:

Contact us

Maria Mckenna, Deputy Medical Education Manager 
Tel: 01323 414943 ext 4575, Department of Psychiatry, Eastbourne 
Email: maria.mckenna@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk 

Louise Coldicott, Senior Medical Education Administrator
Tel: 011323 414943 ext 4575, Department of Psychiatry, Eastbourne
Email: louise.coldicott@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk   

Margaret Ellis, Medical Education Administrator
Tel: 011323 414943 ext 4780, Department of Psychiatry, Eastbourne
Email: margaret.ellis@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk

North West Sussex

Dr James Fallon is the locality tutor for psychiatry in North-West Sussex, and works alongside Maria McKenna, Deputy Medical Education Manager, and her team. North-West Sussex includes Horsham, Crawley, Haywards Heath and East Grinstead. Dr Fallon is also the BSMS Module 306 Lead. 

This is a great area to work in with a diverse population and containing both urban and rural environments. The demographics of the region are varied with areas of wealth and areas of deprivation. This leads to a variety in the caseload with regard to both conditions seen and the ways in which they are managed.

This region has four main hubs:

Horsham 
Community Mental Health Centre at New Park House – where community services are provided for working age adults, older adults and young people. The Assertive Outreach and Early Intervention in Psychosis Teams are also based here. Nearby is the functional Older People’s ward at Horsham Hospital catering for those with dementia.

Crawley
The Community Mental Health Centre is based at Ifield Drive with two community teams covering those in the Crawley region. Langley Green Hospital is the main mental health hospital in the region with two adult wards, one older people’s ward and one Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. The Crisis and Home Resolution and Treatment Team are also based at Langley Green Hospital.

Haywards Heath
The Community Mental Health Centre is based at Linwood providing cover for Mid-Sussex. The general hospital is based here at Princess Royal Hospital with an Accident and Emergency Department. On the same site is Chalkhill Hospital, Sussex’s tertiary Child and Adolescent inpatient unit.

East Grinstead
The Community Mental Health Team is based at Springvale.

On any given rotation there are typically 16 trainees allocated to the region. This is composed of predominately GP trainees from SASH and BSUH training schemes and Core and Higher Psychiatric Trainees, we additionally have a Foundation Year 2 post based at Chalkhill Hospital. 

Click the links below to see the job descriptions for the opportunities available in this area:

Contact

Maria Mckenna, Deputy Medical Education Manager 
Tel: 01323 414943 x4575, Department of Psychiatry, Eastbourne 
Email: maria.mckenna@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk 

Louise Coldicott, Senior Medical Education Administrator
Tel: 011323 414943 ext 4780, Department of Psychiatry, Eastbourne
Email: louise.coldicott@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk

Worthing

Dr Arun Kishore is the locality tutor for psychiatry in Arun, Adur and Worthing (AAW). He works alongside Mike Silver, Deputy Medical Education Manager, and his team.

Across AAW, there are currently 13 trainees (core psychiatry, GP and foundation) working at various levels of their education. We offer a thriving and challenging learning environment for students from varying backgrounds. Our psychiatry training program offers placement for medical students from BSMS (both year 3 and year 5), students from the AUC, foundation years, GPVTS, core and higher specialist trainees. The area offers posts both within inpatient units at Meadowfield Hospital and community training posts within Arun, Adur and Worthing. We offer opportunities within CAMHS, learning disability and older age community team. There are unique opportunities to understand assessment and management of disorders such as autism, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental conditions in children and adults. In addition we offer opportunities to experience placements with the crisis resolution home treatment team, liaison team and group treatment programme. Most trainees engage with the triage services to look at decision making around referrals. The training is flexible, collegial and supportive. 

The area is nestled between the South Downs and the sea and has two beautiful winding rivers (Arun and Adur) and offers stunning sights. The centre of this placement is around the Swandean site at Worthing and most placements are located within a few miles of this location. Inpatient units (Maple, Rowan and Larch wards) are placed at Meadowfield hospital within the Swandean site. The community placements at Arun are at Pepperville House in Littlehampton and Glebelands in Shoreham by Sea. Child and adolescent mental health services and liaison services are located within Worthing hospital.

We have a bunch of experienced and enthusiastic clinical and educational supervisors with a variety of special interests to support trainees through their placements. The focus of training is around decision making and thinking critically. This is achieved through regular discussions within clinics, the triage, through complex case discussions within teams and a regular weekly post graduate training session. The weekly post graduate teaching session offers further opportunities for trainees to present interesting clinical problems through case discussions, enhance their critical appraisal skills in journal clubs, listen and contribute in specialist lectures and understand research methodology and statistics in critical appraisal training. Trainees are encouraged to contribute to audits and quality improvement projects within teams and have the opportunity to join in research programmes. There is encouragement to develop leadership skills and skills in psychotherapy through regular programmes and support. Most of our trainees enjoy the opportunity to teach and support medical students in different stages of their learning. 

Click the links below to see the job descriptions for the opportunities available in this area:

Contact us

Mike Silver, Deputy Medical Education Manager 
Tel: 01273 621984, ext 202180, Sussex Education Centre, Hove 
Email: mike.silver@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk 

Pamela Barnes, Senior, Medical Education Administrator
Tel: 01243 623351, Chapel Street, Chichester
Email: pamela.barnes@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk

Chichester

Dr Akram Wilson is our working age consultant psychiatrist and he is the clinical tutor for Chichester. He is supported by Mike Silver, Deputy Medical Education Manager, and Pamela Barnes the local admin for medical education activities.  

There are also a wide range of weekly PG educational activities offered in the recreation room at Oaklands Centre for Acute Care. The teaching programme includes many unconventional events; clinical debates, quiz events and mental health related movies with the opportunity of trainees to chair the meetings on regular basis (as part of leadership training).

Dr Zenhari (old age consultant) runs a weekly Ballint group for trainees and there is an opportunity for a higher trainee to co-chair under her supervision as part of the psychotherapy experience.  

The psychiatric posts available in this area provide excellent core training in general adult, forensic and assertive outreach/rehabilitation psychiatry.

The attraction of training in the this locality is also intimately twined to the outstanding quality of life in the cultural and renowned City of Chichester with its nationwide attraction of Goodwood race course, Festival of Speed and Chichester Festival Theatre, Arundel Castle along with the iconic Chichester Cathedral (a famous European attraction) and Wittering beaches.

Trainee posts are based in both Chichester and Bognor Regis.

There are many attractive sites for high quality training; Chapel St Clinic (Chichester), the base for MDT community WAMHS with Dr Wilson and Dr Sherrington.

Dr McLoughlin is the in-patient consultant on Oakland ward and along with his well-resourced team has managed to achieve the shortest length of stay across the whole Trust in the last few years.

Dr Tanner is the Consultant for AOT and rehab team (in Connolly House- Chichester).

Dr Saoud, Dr Sherwin and Dr Hume are the Forensic consultants and covers both in- patient forensic wards (Chichester Centre) and the community forensic team.

Click the links below to see the job descriptions for the opportunities available in this area:

Contact us

Mike Silver, Deputy Medical Education Manager 
Tel: 01273 621984, ext 202180 Sussex Education Centre, Hove 
Email: mike.silver@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk 

Pamela Barnes, Senior Medical Education Administrator
Tel: 01243 623351, Chapel Street, Chichester
Email: pamela.barnes@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk

Brighton and Hove

Dr Patrick Le Seve is the tutor for Brighton and Hove and works as a consultant psychiatrist in community mental health services.  

His programme provides an excellent psychiatric training and education programme which includes a wide range of sub specialties including general adult, old age, CAMHS, learning disability, liaison psychiatry, psychotherapy, forensic psychiatry and substance misuse. 

The medical/psychiatric education program is very well supported by Mike Silver, Deputy Medical Education Manager, and his team. 

A wide range of training experience is available for core trainees to include PICU, eating disorders, and early intervention in psychosis, neurobehavioral disorders, perinatal psychiatry and rehabilitation, among others.

All of the consultants and higher trainees are involved in teaching on the weekly medical education programme. In addition, external speakers with specific special interests and research experience are invited to teach on specific topics. 

We offer considerable support for trainees who wish to be involved in scientific research. A robust research and development department at Sussex Partnership is guiding and supporting many research projects. The team have strong links with Brighton and Sussex Universities and many of our consultants, trainee doctors and other clinicians are involved in teaching and research activities. The university links enable us to offer the MRCPsych course in this area for the benefit of the HEKSS Core trainees. 

We also have links with Brighton and Sussex Medical School and undergraduate medical students are placed in various teams for clinical experience in psychiatry. This provides a unique opportunity for core and higher specialty trainees to be involved in teaching medical students in clinical settings and also to be involved in teaching GP and foundation year doctors.

The perfect location on the South coast, with great transport links to London, Gatwick and Europe. A cycle friendly city with a vibrant and diverse population which is close to some stunning countryside on the South Downs. There are enough restaurants in Brighton and Hove to eat somewhere different each night of the week for a whole year!  And what’s more we are now home to a Premiere League football team!

Click the links below to see the job descriptions for the opportunities available in this area:

Contact us

Mike Silver, Deputy Medical Education manager
Tel: 01273 621984, ext 202180, Sussex Education Centre, Hove 
Email: mike.silver@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk 

Jane Francis, Medical Education Administrator
Tel: 01243 265617, Sussex Education Centre, Hove 
Email: jane.francis@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk