Mid Sussex VTS

Our Scheme

The Mid Sussex Vocational Training Scheme is based in the Medical Education Cenre at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, an attractive friendly hospital.

The programme directors are:

  • Lara Belle: I qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School just before it became Imperial and joined The Brow Medical Centre in 2003 having been a registrar for the Mid Sussex VTS. I loved the VTS too much to leave it so became a Programme Director for the Mid Sussex VTS a couple of years later. I think General Practice is the most amazing job in the world and I am passionate about education. I also have a special interest in Dermatology with weekly GPwSI clinics and regular minor ops sessions. Personally and as a practice we are very involved with CCG activities too. Outside of work I have three young children who keep me busy, entertained and harassed, and l enjoy being creative if ever time permits! Qualifications: MBBS BSc MRCGP PGcert
  • Hugo Wilson: Trained at Guys and St Thomas' Hospitals, qualifying in 1997. Started at Hurstpierpoint in June 2006 and is a GP Trainer, supervising qualified Doctors in their final stages of training towards becoming fully fledged GPs. He is lead for the Parctice on GP Training, Research and IT, and a GP Appraiser for West Sussex. He is lead for the Practice on GP Training, Research and IT. Outside of work he enjoys mountain biking on the South Downs, tennis, running, and playing guitar in a local band. He is married and has 3 boys. MB BS MRCGP DRCOG BSc PGCE London 1997
  • Sadhana Brydie: MBBS, MD, DFSRH, MRCGP (Registered London 1990)

There are a wide variety of hospital posts on the Mid Sussex GP Training Programme including Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Medicine, Accident and Emergency, Psychaitry, Ear Nose and Throat, Ophthalmology, Substance Misuse, Learning Difficulties, Trauma and Orthopaedics and HIV Medicine. Some of these jobs are based in Brighton as well as Mid Sussex.

All rotations have 4 months in General Practice in Specialty Training Year 1 (ST1) or year 2 (ST2). The final year, ST3 is a full year of General Practice.

There are currently 30 GP Trainers, some very experienced and some new, all of whom are enthusiastic about training and General Practice.

Your ST3 trainer will be your Educational Supervisor, and you will be informed who this is from the start of your programme in Mid Sussex. They are there to guide and support you through your three years of training. Every six weeks or so, one trainer and their GP trainee run an evening session which is both educational and social - the GP Trainer/Trainee Evenings.

For 30 weeks of the year, GP trainees meet on a Thursday morning at the Education Centre in the Princess Royal Hospital. A full teaching programme is provided in these sessions together with a competitive coffee rota with (home made) cakes and biscuits. A full, delicious, lunch is also provided. The Education Centre is opposite the hospital library giving access to many on-line journals and learning tools. All trainees that are in a GP placement are required to attend the teaching sessions and those in hospital placements are welcome to attend subject to study leave approval from the department they are working for.

We feel that learning with and from other trainees is invaluable.

The Thursday morning training sessions are planned around the stated needs of the trainees and the GP curriculum and provide a variety of learning experiences. The sessions usually start with a GP-based session, for example discussing cases that trainees wish to talk about, something interesting, something good that happened, something bad that happened, something strange that happened! Further information on the Thursday morning teaching sessions can be found here.

Mid Sussex GPs and GP trainees have a good relationship with local consultants and often they will come and give a question and answer session on a subject relevant to General Practice. Occasionally, teaching is held outside of the Education Centre, for example is a local hospice. Check the teaching timetable for further details.

There are two residential workshops each year, much enjoyed by all. A team building day is organised once each term allowing everyone to get together to share experiences and show off some of their skills outside of medicine. We have found that trainees learn more effectively in a supportive environment. There are of course additional social events throughout the year, usually organised by the trainees themselves.

Mid Sussex trainees often report that they look forward to the Thursday morning teaching sessions as there is lots of fun had together with important learning. There is a srong social element to our training programme.

Most trainees in Mid Sussex want to work locally after completion of their GP Training Programme and stay in touch both with the Training Programme and with eachother.

The Mid Sussex GP Training Programme works closely with the Brighton GP Training Programme and share hospital placements. The GP Training application is made to "Brighton and Mid Sussex GP Training Porgramme". Applicants should be aware that there are many fewer places on the Brighton scheme than on the Mid Sussex scheme. Mid Sussex offers a fantastic training experience and the current and past trainees will testify to that.

Mid Sussex includes the towns of Burgess Hill, East Grinstead, Horsham and Haywards Heath. The area is well served by train links to Brighton and London, and combines the attractions of a rural setting with busy towns and easy access to the south coast. More information on Mid Sussex can be found here. Sussex is also the home of Gatwick Airport should you want to take a holiday!