The Department of Surgery at Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust provides training, educational and academic opportunities to enable knowledge and skills to be developed in line with curricula. Education is valued by the department and trainees are supported by the multi-professional teams led educationally by the College Tutor.
Inpatients are based on a number of wards. There is a 24-hour ward in the Day Case Unit and many new acute surgical patients present via the Emergency Medicine Department.
The Local Faculty Group (LFG) consists of the college tutor, medical education department, clinical and educational supervisors and allied healthcare professionals in the department.
LFG meetings take place every 4 months at the end of each rotation. This allows for feedback from both training and non-training grade doctors, and the opportunity to review highlights and areas of improvement/concerns. Trainee teaching attendance and e-portfolio progress are also discussed, to identify any factors contributing to limited educational opportunities and any further support required.
Following the LFG, feedback is presented to the Local Education Board (LEB) by each department for review.