Health professionals

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust welcomes and supports medical students and doctors in training. We are proud to be a training hospital with a good reputation, known to provide a friendly learning environment. We receive great feedback in the General Medical Council yearly trainee survey. We listen to our trainees and act on feedback. Our trainees are able to influence services and processes in the hospital and contribute to safer patient care and a better staff experience. Our trainees have good success rates in post-graduate examinations. We have an experienced medical education team to support doctors in training and a modern education and training facility, the Horizon Centre.

For more information, to speak to our director of medical education or to one of the specialty departments, please contact Jess Piper, Head of Medical Education and Development.

What others say about training and education at Torbay and South Devon

Health Education South West Quality visit 2014
“Torbay Hospital is a large teaching hospital providing training for junior doctors across all grades within a variety of specialties. The medical education team has maintained its high level of engagement and continues to offer a good standard of training programmes within a supportive environment.”

School of Radiology visit 2015
“Torbay provides excellent training in clinical radiology. Overall there is a very good feel about the department in this trust with the consultants and trainees working equally hard, to ensure the trainees get the best possible training available to them.”

Postgraduate GP school quality management visit 2014
“This visit found an organization that sets high store on the education and training of its trainees. The overwhelming sense of feedback was of satisfied trainees who were very positive about the training experience received in Torbay.
There was a real sense that GP trainees were valued by the organization.
All trainees interviewed would unreservedly recommend the trust to colleagues as a place to train as part of a GP scheme.
The trust is to be congratulated for achieving such a high quality training experience.”

We have lots of innovative work going on in the Trust, with doctors in training involved in all areas.

  • Human Factors
  • Simulation suite including the regional cataract simulator
  • Patient experience, quality improvement and innovation team
  • Health Informatics projects, electronic prescribing
  • Bursaries for trainees to complete a Postgraduate certificate in Education
  • Leadership conference developed and organised by trainees
  • Bursary to support attendance at conferences
  • Active research department
  • Trust Fellows roles with 30% time for non-clinical activity
  • Junior doctor forum
  • Latest video technology
  • Google glass surgery innovation
  • Partnership working with the Nanyuki Hospital in Kenya
  • Paediatric training cited as GMC Best Practice example

Meet some of our trainees

Nick Edmedes

Nick Edmeades, specialist trainee in ophthalmology

“I spent my ST2 and ST4 years of ophthalmology training at Torbay and had an excellent experience both times. Educational and clinical supervisors were organised, accessible and provided regular, constructive feedback. Timetables were mindful of training requirements such as dedicated refraction training sessions in my ST2 year. Study leave was encouraged and even supported an Orbis trip to Panama. The workplace environment is busy, energetic and extremely friendly. The on-site facilities include the invaluable EyeSi simulator as well as a dedicated ghost head and artificial eyes for infinite use. This led to my completion of 160 phacoemulsification cases in my ST2 year and over 220 in ST4. As a more senior trainee I was also able to supervise a junior in theatre with a consultant present – an experience that has better prepared me for a consultant role. I would unreservedly recommend any training opportunities in Torbay.”

Kyle Stewart

Kyle Stewart

“My name is Kyle Stewart and I am one of the GPST1 trainees currently in paediatrics. I first came to Torbay Hospital in 2010 and was successful in converting to an academic Foundation Year 2 programme. The hospital was extremely supportive of the work I carried out during this time and I ended up staying at the hospital for another three years in a bespoke role, doing 50% trust grade medicine and 50% innovation, research and medical education. This has allowed me to patent two new products which go on sale in 2016, to perform research and to complete projects leading to publications in peer-reviewed journals. The key thing about Torbay is that the faculty are accommodating and will always support junior doctors with special interests or ambitions where possible, hence why I haven’t moved hospital since arriving here five years ago!
Outside of the hospital Torbay also offers sandy beaches, watersports, an active nightlife and plenty of local amenities, definitely living up to its name as “the English Riviera”. It has been a pleasure to live and work in Torbay.”

Sophie McGlade

Sophie McGlade – Trust Fellow Doctor

“I am working in Torbay as a Trust Fellow having completed my F2 year of Foundation Training here. In my role I am working in Trauma and Orthopaedics and Acute Medicine during the course of the year and 30% of my time is spent in non-clinical activities. I have an interest in healthcare management, leadership and innovation and I will be funded to take part in a Postgraduate Certificate course in this area. There is plenty of support available in Torbay to assist trainees in becoming involved in the many varied educational and training opportunities on offer; from funding towards qualifications in clinical education, opportunities to teach other trainees and medical students, involvement in simulation training and development of quality improvement projects and audits.
I have very much enjoyed my training in Torbay, it is a friendly learning environment with supportive senior doctors very willing to teach. I feel that my time working in Torbay has enabled me to develop my skills and interests as a doctor and equipped me well for the future.”

Horizon Centre – The Horizon Centre is our innovation, education and research facility based at Torbay Hospital.

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