University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

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Foundation Programme Directors
Dr Guhan Viswesvaraiah (F1 Programme Director and AMU Consultant)
Mr Ewan Brownlee (F2 Programme Director and Paediatric Urologist)

Director of Medical Education
Dr Kathryn Nash

Deputy Director of Medical Education
Dr Faye Hawkins

Medical Education Team Lead
Dale Simmonds

Foundation Programme Co-ordinator
Melissa (Mel) Ingate –

We are based in the Heartbeat Education Centre, F Level, North Wing. We have bookable rooms of various sizes that can be used for teaching/training. We also have PCs that can be used for any ad hoc work in our main reception area.

No on-site accommodation is available. Rental on a 1 bed flat near the hospital costs between £600-£800 per month.

The Health Services Library support the work, learning and research activities for all UHS staff. We are located on level A, South Academic Block at Southampton General Hospital, and open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

All UHS staff can join the library. You can find out more and register online here.

For the most up to date information and resources, visit the HSL website for NHS staff here.

The library has both university and UHS computers. We also have computers in the Heartbeat Education Centre that can be used, and computer rooms that can be accessed when required.

The Travelwise team are responsible for the management of car parks at Southampton General Hospital and Princess Anne Hospital. They are also able to help with applications for discounted patient parking and public transport information.

The Travelwise office is located in the Trust management offices, at the top of the Southampton General Hospital site on the Tremona Road side.

Phone: 023 8120 4133 (or extension 4133 from internal phones). 


We have a very active doctors mess situated on B level. They hold various social events throughout the year including during induction week and it costs just £10 a month to join.

Mess facilities are:

– tea, fresh coffee, biscuits, bread and spreads

– daily newspapers

– Sky TV with Sky Sports

– table football and pool table

– exclusive mess lockers

– computers and printing

– sports teams including football, netball and cricket

There are good transport links to and from UHS sites. Routes and times are available from the information point at main reception at Southampton General Hospital which is just across the road from Princess Anne Hospital. 

At main reception you will also find a real time data board detailing actual bus arrival and departure times. There is also a taxi rank outside the main entrance at SGH, and a free taxi phone in the corridor just inside the main entrance. The nearest train station is Southampton Central.

Click here for more information on types of travel options.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work. It is situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

We offer a 7-day shadowing and induction period, these include compulsory aspects in preparation for you starting your first job, the opportunity to meet core people in the hospital, BLS session, Clinical skills sessions.

Each foundation doctor is encouraged to undertake up to 5 taster days either in their last F1 rotation or any time during their F2 year, these can be split with different departments if you wish to experience different specialities.

We offer a simulation morning during the foundation programme protected teaching days and we also run a half-day SIM sessions three times a year in October, December and April.

These are held virtually via Teams on the last Thursday of the month.

You will be allocated an educational supervisor at the start of the year; this person is usually your Clinical supervisor for your first rotation too and then you get allocated a different clinical supervisor for each rotation. You will need to meet with them intermittently throughout the year to complete paperwork mandatory for sign off at the end of the year.

Each foundation doctor has the opportunity to attend 1 full teaching day a month. These run on a Thursday between 8.45am – 4.15pm and cover various aspects of the curriculum.

Southampton General Hospital is the Trust’s largest location, with a great number of specialist services based here, ranging from neurosciences and oncology to pathology and cardiology.

Emergency and critical care is provided in the hospital’s special intensive care units, operating theatres, acute medicine unit and emergency department (A&E), as well as the dedicated eye casualty.

University Hospital Southampton is a leading university teaching hospital, able to deliver treatments for virtually every condition where one exists whilst leading ground-breaking research to expand our portfolio further.

Together, our 12,000 staff provide a range of secondary care services to our local population and specialist tertiary services for nearly 4 million people across the south of England and beyond. Through our long-standing values of Patients First, Working Together and Always Improving, we are proud of the care we provide and the outcomes we achieve.

‘I completed my foundation training at UHS earlier this year. I’d been apprehensive about starting at UHS, as most of my friends had stayed near our medical school (I didn’t go to Southampton). I had nothing to worry about: around 60 new FY1s start a year, there’s an active doctors’ mess, and the Meded team are brilliant. Foundation teaching is well-protected, as it’s organised as whole days rather than lunchtime sessions – although many departments also organise their own lunchtime teaching. As a tertiary centre, you often work in relatively large teams, which I found helped me feel more supported as a new FY1. Wherever you go, there will be challenges during foundation – but I’m really glad I ended up at UHS, and I have chosen to keep working here since!