Medical Education

Prospective medical trainees are warmly welcomed to join our top-rated trainee programme at Surrey and Borders.

A welcome from the Director of Medical Education

"Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a large community mental health trust within the Kent, Surrey and Sussex region. We provide safe, effective and high quality care for people with mental health needs across a range of settings. This includes General Adult Psychiatry services, Children and Young people’s services, Older Adult services and Learning Disability services as well as specialist services such as Eating Disorders.  

We provide clinical placements for undergraduate medical students from the UK and international universities as well as post graduate students from other courses. 

We host approximately 120 doctors posts per year for medics in Psychiatry, General Practice, Widening Access to Specialist Training and Foundation training schemes. 

Working in Psychiatric settings provides an excellent opportunity to acquire lifelong transferable skills such as communication skills, knowledge of medico-legal issues (including the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and Human Rights Legislation), experience in dealing with challenging situations and the application of bio-psycho-social model of psychiatry in a multi-disciplinary team setting.  We also offer regular supervision to all our doctors in training schemes and career advice to those interested in psychiatry, and we have received excellent feedback for this.  Although we cover a large geographical area the Trust is small enough for doctors to get involved in management, delivery of education and quality improvement projects when you are with us.  

We look forward to welcoming you to our Trust in the near future."

Dr Jeremy Mudunkotuwe, Director of Medical Education

Dr Jeremy Mudunkotuwe

Ali Khan

"I'm Ali Khan, Senior Medical Education Manager, and I'd like to welcome you to our Trust.

My role is to facilitate all training and development in Medical Education by working closely with our Director of Medical Education, across professional and organisational boundaries internally and externally to create a culture of multi-professional learning and continuing professional development.  Play a key role in supporting the Trust to fulfil its aim of being a trust of choice for all multi-professional trainees as a high performing teaching trust in partnership with HEKSS, Medical Schools and Higher Education Institutions.

We train post graduate medical trainees, medical students, physician associates every year and have been a top rated Trust for training across the Kent, Surrey, and Sussex region. We receive excellent feedback from our trainees. 

We hope you find the information on our medical education website pages useful, and choose to come and train with us."

Ali Khan, Lead Medical Education Manager
Chair, SABP BME Network
NHS Workforce Race Equality Expert


There's lots more to find out more about our trainee programme:

Expand any of the links here to find out more detail about different aspects of our training programme.

Educational and clinical supervision

The Surrey and Borders' Medical Education Psychiatry Training Programme boasts a team of enthusiastic trainers; each trainee will receive one hour of protected supervision with their nominated Educational/Clinical Supervisor each week. There is also an active regional postgraduate teaching programme at which attendance is mandatory.

Educational Supervision

All junior doctors will have an educational supervisor whose role is to ensure the overall progress of the trainee through training across a number of placements.

The educational supervisor should:

  • Ensure that the programme is appropriate to the doctor’s needs
  • Support doctors by reviewing their learning needs in the light of achieved goals
  • Carry out and/or collate assessments from clinical supervisors, trainers and other assessors
  • Review the doctor’s learning portfolio
  • Support the doctor through any difficulty
  • Show principled professional practice
  • Give career advice and support as required

Clinical Supervision

The aim of clinical supervision is to ensure that the trainee is safe to carry out the clinical work expected of them within the department. A clinical supervisor will usually be the consultant that a doctor is directly responsible to for their clinical work, and there will be frequent contact with them. For some rotations, the clinical supervisor and the educational supervisor will be the same person and it is important that he/she understands the different roles. The clinical supervisor:

  • Is responsible for monitoring, supporting and assessing the trainee’s day to day clinical and professional work
  • Must offer a level of supervision of clinical activity appropriate to the competence and experience of the individual trainee
  • May delegate aspects of supervision to colleagues with appropriate training and experience
  • Remains responsible and accountable for the care of the patient and the actions of the doctor in training.

Sub specialities

Trainee posts are available in a variety of specialties, including Working Age Adult Mental Health, Older Age Adult Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Learning Disability, Drug and Alcohol, Rehabilitation, Assertive Outreach, Home Treatment, Eating Disorders, Psychiatric Intensive Care, Liaison Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.


Local training days

Consultants, trainees and other grades are all active participants in our training programmes. 

The teaching sessions comprise of: 

  • Academic seminars e.g. external speakers and case presentations covering a variety of topics
  • Specialist teaching sessions (Journal Club) run by higher trainees or core trainees 
  • Balint group  

All Trainees should present at the academic seminar during their placement and a timetable for this will be given to you at your local Inductions. This is a valuable educational resource.

Teaching programmes are held every Friday at the following sites:

South West Surrey (Farnham Road Hospital, Farnham Road, Guildford)

Time Item Lead
08:45-09:15 Breakfast


09:15-10:15 Case Presentation / External Speaker Trainees, consultants, guest speakers
10:30-11:00 Case Presentation / Speciality Teaching  or  External Speaker / Journal Club Trainees, consultant facilitator
11:00-11:30 Simulation / Liaison Meeting Trainees, locality tutor, consultant facilitator
11:30-12:30 Balint group Trainess psychotherapy led discussion

North West Surrey (Abraham Cowley Unit, St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey)

Time Item Lead


On-call experience

HST led discussion


Balint group Psychotherapy led discussion


Journal Club / topic-based discussion Trainees


Academic seminar Trainees, guest speakers

East & Mid Surrey (Learning & Development Suite, West Park, Epsom)

Time Item Lead





Academic seminar Trainees, guest speakers


Balint group Psychotherapy led discussion


Simulation practice / buzz meeting

Trainees, locality tutor


Speciality teaching / Journal Club / Liaison meeting Trainees, locality tutor


Hear from trainees

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in psychiatry; I’ve worked on the wards and have had my own clinics, both of which have been great learning experiences.

"I’ve felt well-supported by my supervising consultants, and by the on-call team. This has been further improved by the best academic teaching programme I’ve entered during my time as a doctor.

"The weekly protected teaching is a great opportunity to learn from peers and senior colleagues and to gain valuable experience in delivering presentations to a range of clinical staff, right through from FY1s to consultants”

Quote from a GPST2 Trainee

Research day

In line with Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex and Trust strategy, the importance of research skills are emphasised to all medical trainees. Each year apart from sessions during the academic programme, we hold an annual Trust-wide Research Day, aimed at medical trainees of all grades.

It is open to all trainees (Foundation, GP, Core and HST) and is comprehensively advertised at the induction and subsequent PGME events to ensure maximum awareness.

The day is split between a plenary session that focuses on the importance of research in medicine, research skills and Trust research direction, which is delivered by consultants and the Trust's Director of Development and Innovation, and a poster presentation and award session. All posters are judged by a panel of consultants for quality of content, relevance and clarity. The top past honours have been awarded to FY, GP and psychiatry posts.

The feedback from the attendees is always very positive, providing a steer for our future research events.

Library and knowledge services

Our library and knowledge services are available to all staff, medical trainees and students; we are experts in finding evidence-based information to help you study and work. You can access services in person or by registering with one of the library services in Surrey.

We provide:

  • Literature searches
  • Electronic journals
  • OpenAthens accounts
  • Training
  • Evidence updates sent by email
  • PsychBOOKS - a collection of mental health e-books

N.B. Other books are available within individual libraries

Use the links below to access your nearest library service. Alternatively, eMail queries to

Trainee Doctor Psychiatry Job Descriptions

Support for Trainees Returning After a Break (“SuppoRTT”)

Who is eligible for SuppoRRT?
If you’re a trainee on a Training Programme, or have been allocated a National Training Number (NTN) for an upcoming scheme, and you’re returning to training following a break of at least 3 months, then you’re eligible! Examples can include coming back from: Parental Leave, Sick Leave, Out Of Programme placements (e.g. OOPE, OOPR etc), working in non-training posts, and if you have been Shielding.

What is SuppoRTT about?
Returning to training after a long break can be a challenge for a many. Firstly, knowledge or skills may potentially fade with time when they’ve not been kept up, whilst new developments in clinical practice might have occurred in the interim. Even a small attenuation in knowledge or skills can sometimes impact on confidence, which is another reason why having some additional support around the time of return may be helpful. In addition, trainees can sometimes feel isolated or disconnected from their teams or peers whilst on a break. Finally, even after a trainee returns, the need for childcare or the legacy of an illness, for instance, may impact how a trainee prioritises and manages their work/life balance.

Supported Return to Training (“SuppoRTT”) is a Health Education England (HEE) initiative as part of the ‘Enhancing Junior Doctors Working Lives’ programme. It has been designed to enhance the experience of trainees, after a period of absence, so they can be transitioned back to clinical practise safely and confidently.

The SuppoRTT programme encompasses a range of additional opportunities to help provide support - the trainee can choose any number of them depending on their individual needs and circumstances.

Where can I find out more about SuppoRTT?
For more details, feel free to check out our SABP SuppoRTT Toolkit

Less Than Full Time Training

Why go Less Than Full Time (LTFT)?

Trainees may prefer to work less-than-full-time for all sorts of reasons, professional and personal. Examples could include one of more of the following:

  • Need to support/care for children, relatives or other dependents

  • Health reasons
  • Work/life balance
  • Opportunity to engage in other activities outside of training
  • Help with longer-term job sustainability, especially for those who prefer not to be full-time.
  • To help improve morale and wellbeing, and to help prevent burnout.

Who can apply for LTFT training?

Any trainee can potentially apply. Requests to undertake LTFT training however aren’t guaranteed, and will depend on the capacity of the training programme, and potentially the associated clinical services. They are ultimately at the discretion of the postgraduate dean, who may also liaise with the Head of School. The COPMeD (Conference of Postgrad Medical Deans) prioritises requests into three categories (although these aren’t exhaustive, and other ‘well-founded’ reasons may be considered by the Postgraduate Dean in consultation with the GMC). Of these categories, Category 1 has priority over Category 2, which in turn has priority over Category 3.

Category 1 comprises the following, and once approved it last until the end of training unless you notify the TPD otherwise:

  • disability, ill health, or ongoing medical procedures such as fertility treatment.
  • responsibility for caring for children, or an ill/disabled partner, relative or other dependant.

Category 2 comprises unique opportunities for personal / professional development, and tends to be for a fixed-time period. Examples may include:

  • training for major sporting events, or religious/pastoral roles.
  • membership of a national committee
  • continuing medical research
  • further study, such as management, law, or fine arts.

Category 3 is a relatively new category, initially rolled-out for psychiatric training in August 2021, and then full implementation from August 2022. It is open to any trainee who chooses to be LTFT, and the initiative behind it stems from HEE’s work to Enhance Junior Doctors Working Lives.

For more information about LTFT, please feel free to read our SABP LTFT-training toolkit.

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