Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Address Musgrove Park Hospital
TA1 5DA 
The Trust and Hospital(s)

Musgrove Park Hospital is the largest hospital in Somerset, with a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services. We became an NHS Foundation Trust in December 2007.  Our Intensive Care Unit is consistently in the top 3 of like-for-like units and our bariatric service is internationally recognised.  We are a level 2 trauma centre. 

We are a leader in the Deanery for the IHI’s Quality Improvement program, with previous trainees presenting their work at national & international conferences. 

We are renowned for our friendly atmosphere and are consistently highly rated in the National Training Survey in the Deanery for trainee satisfaction. The support from our Academy staff is commended by the highest levels of the Deanery.

Geographically, we are ideally placed with fast rail links to London, whilst the beaches are only an hour away. We have an active junior doctors mess.

Size of Hospital(s)

764 beds

No of Foundation Trainees

33 F1s, 34 F2s

Foundation Programmes

The Musgrove Park Foundation Programme takes advantage of the wide range of education opportunities available at Musgrove Park Hospital.  It is designed to enable F1 doctors to have a good grounding in the care of the acutely ill patient, experience of other specialist  areas, and to fulfil the GMC requirements for full registration in medicine and surgery. All F1’s will rotate through a full MAU rota.  In the F2 year the robust education infrastructure of the Programme will focus on the professional skills set out in the GMC document “Good Medical Practice”, including communication skills, team working, governance, ethics and habits of lifelong learning.

Structured education sessions (bleep free) specifically for F1 and for F2 doctors, covering professional and clinical skills, will be held on a regular basis. The formal teaching takes place in a purpose-built multi-professional Academy, which houses a medical library with textbooks, journals and internet access.

The Trust is an Academy of the University of Bristol and as such enjoys close links with the University Medical School.

Education Centre Facilities

The Academy includes a lecture theatre, 6 teaching rooms, E-learning room and a clinical skills centre (for practical procedures such as catheterisation, cannulation, administration of IV drugs etc), simulation suite and a library. The library service includes books, journals, access to the internet and a full range of e-healthcare resources with excellent help from experienced staff.

Staff Restaurant Facilities

Restaurant: 07:00 – 19:30.

Marks & Spencer’s Café & Shop

Costa Coffee Shop

24 hour hot vending (located near switchboard)

Doctors’ Mess

Organises social and sporting events. Sky TV, Cooking Facilities, Bar, Pool table, Football table, coffee machine.

Nearby Amenities

Hollywood Bowl, Multiplex Cinema, Theatre, Swimming Pool, Mecca Bingo, 1610 sports centre, Blackbrook Sports Centre, Nuffield Sports Centre, Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Train Station, Bus Station