Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Switchboard: 01962 863535


Foundation Programme Directors
Dr Pankaj Verlekar –  

Director of Medical Education / Medical Staffing
Karen McCarthy  

Deputy Medical Education Manager
Helen Roach –  

Foundation Programme Co-ordinator
Lesley Yaldren –  

The Education Centre is located alongside level 2 of the main car park.

The Medical Education Team are located within the Centre and are always available to answer any questions or concerns and to provide pastoral support where required. The DME and Foundation Training Programme Directors can also be contacted through the Medical Education Team administrators. We operate an open door policy and are available on request for training and wellbeing support.  A Wellbeing Lead is also available for support.

Information about accommodation can be gained via the Winchester accommodation team:

Currently hosted by Winchester University

Training will be given to trainees for all hospital systems, and all trainees will be provided with a laptop.

There is limited on site parking, and parking permit applications will be included in your starter pack from Medical Resourcing. At present there are no parking charges.

There is a very active social programme arranged by the Doctors’ Mess.

The Mess is located on the main hospital site. There is Sky TV, comfortable sofas and computers. There are also lockers and a kitchen area. The notice boards hold information on all important Mess nights out, including the Summer and Christmas Grand Balls.

The role of Mess President is usually held by a Postgraduate Doctor.

The hospital is situated within a 15 minute walk of Winchester train station, and the bus station is 20 minutes away. Bus stops are situated directly outside the hospital. There are good transport links for the M3 and M27 close by.

A free minibus runs between Royal Hampshire County Hospital and Basingstoke & North Hampshire Hospital.

Winchester is a lovely place to live. It is surrounded by countryside so you can go on lots of walks, cycle rides etc. The town has a rustic feel with cobbled streets and markets, meanwhile there are lots of great restaurants, pubs, and bars (get the best of old and new!).  

Living costs are higher than other places nearby, but it’s worth the price! Equally lots of people choose to commute, its easily accessible via the train and motorway, and suits some people’s work-life balance preferences.  

Close to the coast for day trips – would recommend Christchurch and Lee-On-Solent as great beaches to visit. Also very close to the new forest for more beautiful outdoors! Southampton is close by for good shopping centres (although Winchester actually does have quite a lot of shops to choose from).

All F1 Doctors commencing at Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust undertake a mandatory extended induction programme commencing at the end of July. This includes the opportunity to ‘shadow’ the F1 from whom they will be taking over, and gain an insight into the role and responsibilities of a postgraduate doctor. This also includes some simulation training scenarios. Additional shadowing can be arranged on request.   

A maximum of 5 days may be taken for a ‘taster’ either in the final 4-months of your F1 year or early within the foundation doctors F2 year. These should be arranged locally by foundation doctors at a time convenient to the specialty you are working in and the proposed Taster specialty. For further information and guidance please see the Deanery website.   

All F1s and F2s will be offered simulation training sessions using a combination of high fidelity manikins and actors in our purpose-built simulation suite. The sim-theatre is equipped with multiple ceiling mounted cameras and microphones, which allow viewing of the sim-theatre from the teaching room on the screen as the simulation unfolds, but also to aid in debriefing.  

There are monthly meetings led by the Chief Registrars.

Postgraduate doctors are allocated an educational supervisor for the year and for each placement they are placed with a consultant from their team for clinical supervision.  All educational supervisors have been suitably trained to become accredited supervisors.  

In addition to departmental teaching, foundation doctors receive weekly protected, bleep-free F1 and F2 teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Self-development time (SDT) is allocated 1 day a month to complete statutory and mandatory training, portfolio, audit and research, etc. You will also be required to undertake ILS/ALS.   

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of approximately 600,000 across Hampshire and parts of West Berkshire.

We came into being in January 2012 as a result of the integration of Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust, which achieved Foundation Trust status in 2006, and Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare Trust. It is an NHS provider and care is free at the point of delivery.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust employs around 8,600 staff and has a turnover of over £500 million a year. There are around 15,000 public and staff members.

Compassion – caring about our patients

Accountable and responsible – always improving

Respect for all colleagues, patients and their families

Encouraging and challenging each other to always do your best

National and world leaders in excellent healthcare, with patient care at the heart.

High-quality facilities and innovative leading-edge services, accessible locally where possible and centrally where necessary.

High-quality care in welcoming and safe environments.

The best teams working in a positive empowering culture.

The Trust are currently developing an App called EOLAS where doctors can find information about inductions, study leave, expenses etc. It will be a place to find information needed. For Foundation doctors you will be able to find guides on navigating HORUS.

The App can be accessed here.