Employer Information

Yeovil Hospital is a rural hospital based in the market town of Yeovil, serving a population of around 185,000 people in south Somerset and Dorset.

In 2015 we were recognised as a national ‘Vanguard’ site for new models of care. We are progressing our work with GPs and local partners in the development of new models of integrated care, which will deliver a sustainable, high quality, health and social care system. These plans are a key element of the Trust’s strategic objectives.

We have maintained positive feedback from patients about their care, reflected in our ‘iWantGreatCare’ survey, in which we achieved an impressive 4.75 out of 5 star rating.

Among our accolades, the Trust has won £50k in the National Lottery’s People’s Projects competition two years running, to improve life in hospital for older patients with dementia through an array of activities such as live music, art, gardening and dance to help combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Our fundraising efforts have also seen our plans to build a sensory dementia garden come to fruition, with the recent opening of our hospital garden. This fantastic space offers staff, patients, relatives and carers a quiet space to relax and enjoy being outdoors and features prominently in our ongoing activities for older patients.

Psychiatry and GP Placements

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will remain your employer during your psychiatry or GP placement.

Psychiatry placements are with Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Somerset has created an integrated health and social care provision for people with mental health problems, by establishing the first combined provider organisation in the country.  Somerset Partnership is commissioned to provide both the Health and Social Care aspects of Mental Health Services, which allows individualised packages of care to be provided, although the Health and Social Care budget streams are separately audited.  The Partnership became an NHS Foundation Trust on 1 May 2008. 

The Trust uses an Electronic Patient Record [RIO] for mental health and social care.  The system is now operational throughout the Trust and the electronic record is the prime record of clinical activity.

F2 Placement Descriptions

Information on the placements that make up the F2 rotations at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Click on the specialty to learn more.

  • F2 Emergency medicine

    Placement F2 Emergency medicine
    Yeovil District Hospital
    The department The Emergency and CDU department provides services for the population of Yeovil and the surrounding area and sees 42,000 new patients a year.

    There is 24 hour specialty registrar cover, with on-site senior cover (middle grade / consultant) between 0800-0000 hours. Senior cover at night is provided by the on-call consultant from home.

    In addition to a wide variety of medical & surgical emergencies, at least 25% of all attendances are children.

    The type of work to expect and learning opportunities The F2 working in Emergency Medicine functions alongside specialty trainees, working on the same rota. There is a mixture of both minor and major cases throughout the day including the specialties, from paediatrics to ophthalmology, medicine to max fax, and senior colleagues are able to offer advice and guidance. You will learn a number of new skills and broaden your knowledge base.
    Where the placement is based Emergency Department, Yeovil District Hospital
    Clinical Supervisor(s) for the placement Dr Paul Ancill, Dr Katalin Fernando, Dr Jon Tipping, Dr Andrew Newton
    Main duties of the placement The F2 doctor will make a focused assessment of patients presenting to the ED and formulate a plan for further investigation and treatment. This may involve liaison with senior medical or nursing staff within the department, or staff from other specialties.

    The F2 doctor will work a six week rolling rota covering nights, twilights and weekends.

    It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

  • F2 General (internal) medicine (General Medicine & Cardiology)

    Placement F2 General (internal) medicine (General Medicine & Cardiology)
    Yeovil District Hospital
    The department Cardiology at YDH comprises 3 Consultant Cardiologists, 2 Registrars, a Staff Grade and 5 junior doctors; the department has a CCU and technicians in the Clinical Investigation Department.
    The type of work to expect and learning opportunities The full range of Medical and Cardiological clinical duties to be expected at your grade in a medium-sized but especially friendly DistrictGeneralHospital.
    Where the placement is based Yeovil District Hospital
    Clinical Supervisor(s) for the placement Our F1 and F2s have one of the Consultant as a Clinical Supervisor

    Dr G Chung, Dr A Broadley, Dr G Brigden

    Main duties of the placement The F2 doctor will work on the ward directly reporting to ST3 or above. The F2 is part of a 15 person rota which covers the General Medicine take including nights, twilights and weekend working

    The overall educational objectives of the F2 year are to provide the trainee with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to

    • Take a history and examine a patient
    • Identify and synthesize problems
    • Prescribe safely
    • Keep an accurate and relevant medical record
    • Manage time and clinical priorities effectively
    • Communicate effectively with patients, relatives and colleagues
    • Use evidence, guidelines and audit to benefit patient care
    • Act in a professional manner at all times
    • Cope with ethical and legal issues which occur during the management of patients with general medical problems
    • Educate patients effectively
    • Become life-long learners and teachers.

    It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

  • F2 General (internal) medicine (General & Geriatric medicine)

    Placement F2 General (internal) medicine (General & Geriatric medicine)
    Yeovil District Hospital
    The department The Dept of Care of The Elderly comprises of 2 Consultant Physicians who partake in the General Medicine on call rota and a consultant in FOPAS (Frail Older Persons Assessment Service) There are interests in stroke. Parkinsons Disease, Falls & orthogeriatrics. All geriatrics pathology is represented.

    The department serves East Somerset & North Dorset with a catchment population of 180,000.

    The department is closely linked with tertiary services in Bristol.

    The type of work to expect and learning opportunities All F2 Doctors in hospital posts will generally be ward based during the ‘normal’ working day and expected to deliver the daily medical care of all the patients on their ward irrespective of specialty.

    The overall educational objectives of the F2 year are to provide the trainee with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to

    • Take a history and examine a patient
    • Identify and synthesize problems
    • Prescribe safely
    • Keep an accurate and relevant medical record
    • Manage time and clinical priorities effectively
    • Communicate effectively with patients, relatives and colleagues
    • Use evidence, guidelines and audit to benefit patient care
    • Act in a professional manner at all times
    • Cope with ethical and legal issues which occur during the management of patients with general medical problems
    • Educate patients effectively
    • Become life-long learners and teachers.
    Where the placement is based Yeovil District Hospital
    Clinical Supervisor(s) for the placement Dr K A Rashed, Dr M R Qadiri
    Main duties of the placement The F2 doctor is responsible with other staff for the ward care of patients and the maintenance of the patient’s medical record. They will have opportunity to work with the consultants in outpatients clinics, and also take responsibility for problems arising in patients on the ward. They are expected to attend the structured teaching programmes provided by the department. The doctor will be responsible for such other specific clinical duties as allocated by consultants including performing other duties in occasional emergencies and unforeseen circumstances.
    Typical working pattern in this placement The F2 doctor will work on the ward directly reporting to ST3 or above. The F2 is part of a 15 person rota which covers the General Medicine take including nights, twilights and weekend working.

    It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

  • F2 General (internal) medicine (General & Endocrinology)

    Placement F2 General (internal) medicine (General & Endocrinology)
    Yeovil District Hospital
    The department The department of Diabetes and Endocrinology comprises of 2 consultants, supported by a middle grade doctor, Diabetes specialist nurses, specialist diabetes dietician, and hospital podiatrist.

    The consultants undertake a 1:14 general medical on-call rota, and contribute to post-take ward rounds alongside acute physicians.

    The sub-specialty of Diabetes and Endocrinology have 12 inpatient beds across 2 wards. They share the main ward with the respiratory team.

    The type of work to expect and learning opportunities There is a good mix of Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Medicine inpatients admitted to the main ward under Endocrinology. The team of junior doctors are responsible for the endocrine patients with occasional cross cover to the respiratory patients.

    Type of work and opportunities.

    1. Take a history, examine and manage the patient:Junior doctors in the ward are expected to briefly re-clerk patients admitted under endocrinology team, by confirming the history and examination themselves, and checking relevant investigations and create a problem list, and action plan.
    2. They are expected to prescribe safely:
    3. They must complete the Safe use of insulin eLearning course (details available from the academy), which is mandatory for all foundation doctors.
    4. Record keeping: ensure accurate and up to date records.
    5. Attend consultant ward rounds (usually Tuesdays AM or PM, and Friday usually AM, and participate in ward round discussions.
    6. Time Management and prioritise duties:
    7. Effective communication with patients and demonstrate empathy
    8. Good team working and mutual respect for colleagues is expected.
    9. Act professionally at all times.
    10. Engage in teaching medical students who attend from Bristol, and St George’s London.
    11. Undertake discharge summary of all patients via electronic discharge summary, with accurate and concise information of the patient’s episode, and accurate medication list on discharge, with clear instructions on actions for GPs and who the summary has been copied to.
    12. Actively participate in presentations at the respiratory and endocrine meetings
    13. Participate in the general hospital educational sessions, including journal club, radiology meetings and grand rounds.
    14. Consultant led outpatient clinic attendance is voluntary. Please discuss with individual consultant.
    15. Undertake an audit and present at local governance meeting.

    Where the placement is based

    Ward 9A (main ward)

    Ward 6B (outlier ward)

    Other potential outlier wards include, HDU, ward10 (young adult) and Kingston wing and CDU/CDU-P.

    Clinical Supervisor(s) for the placement

    Dr Sesha Pramodh & Dr Alex Bickerton.

    Typical working pattern in this placement

    The F2 doctor will work on the ward directly reporting to a specialty doctor. The F2 is part of a 15 person rota which covers the General Medicine take including nights, twilights and weekend working

    It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

  • F2 General practice

    Placement F2 General practice
    The department Primary Care
    The type of work to expect and learning opportunities The GP is the first point of contact for most medical services. Most work is carried out during consultations in the surgery and some during home visits.

    GPs and their GP F2s provide a complete spectrum of care within the local community. You will need to deal with problems that often combine physical, psychological and social components.

    You will work in teams with other professions, helping patients to take responsibility for their own health.

    In your GP attachment, you will build on your knowledge of medical conditions, your ability to assess a problem, and your skills in deciding on the appropriate course of action. You will learn how and when to intervene, through treatment, prevention and education, to promote the health of your patients and families.

    The wide mix of General Practice is one of the major attractions. There can be huge variation in the needs of individual patients during a single surgery.

    Where the placement is based Hendford Lodge Medical Centre

    Penn Hill Surgery

    Martock Surgery

    Langport Surgery

    Clinical Supervisor(s) for the placement Each GP F2 will be in an approved teaching practice, where your supervisor will be an accredited GP Trainer or GP Clinical Supervisor.
    Main duties of the placement Your duties will include:
    • seeing patients in surgeries
    • responding to health problems presented by patients, including history-taking, investigation, diagnosis, and management
    • practicing preventative medicine
    • promoting health education
    • working closely with other health professionals
    • helping with repeat prescriptions and other administrative aspects of day-to-day patient care
    • helping the practice meet targets
    • managing resources as effectively as possible
    • maintaining confidentiality and impartiality
    • using basic IT skills and using the practice's clinical IT system
    • attending the practice's clinical meetings
    • you may also be asked to make domiciliary visits, if your GP Supervisor feels this is appropriate
    Typical working pattern in this placement Morning surgery: followed by discussion patients seen with Supervisor.

    Lunchtime: administrative work.

    Early afternoon: clinical meetings, domiciliary visits.

    Afternoon/early evening: surgery.

    There will be a weekly tutorial lasting at least an hour.

    This pattern varies from practice to practice. Practices may ask you to work the same pattern that most GPs do, with longer working days but time off in lieu.

    On call requirements: While it may be in your contract to do on-call hospital work during your GP attachment, there will be no GP on-call requirements.

    It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

  • F2 General psychiatry

    Information to follow

  • F2 General surgery

    Placement F2 General surgery
    Yeovil District Hospital
    The department The Dept of Surgery comprises 8 Consultant Surgeons of whom 7 partake in the acute General surgical on-call. General Surgery at YDH has a strong emphasis on laparoscopic (keyhole) procedures.
    Main Duties All F2 Doctors in hospital posts will generally be ward based during the ‘normal’ working day and expected to deliver the daily medical care of all the patients on their wards irrespective of specialty.

    Currently F2 doctors in surgery cross cover orthopaedics as part of hospital at night.

    The overall educational objectives of the F2 year are to provide the trainee with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to

    • Take a history and examine a patient
    • Identify problems
    • Prescribe safely
    • Keep an accurate and relevant medical record
    • Manage time and clinical priorities effectively
    • Communicate effectively with patients, relatives and colleagues
    • Use evidence, guidelines and audit to benefit patient care
    • Act in a professional manner at all times
    • Cope with ethical and legal issues which occur during the management of patients with general medical problems
    • Educate patients effectively
    • Become life-long learners and teachers.
    • Familiar and confident in treating and managing trauma and Orthopedic patients
    Where the placement is based Ward 7a
    Clinical Supervisor(s) for the placement Mr Francis, Mr Ockrim, Mr Allison, Mr Spearman, Mr Farooq, Miss C Osborne, Mr B Ansari, Mr Dennison

    It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

  • F2 Obstetrics and gynaecology

    Placement

    F2 Obstetrics and gynaecology
    Yeovil District Hospital

    The department The department comprises both gynaecology and maternity services.

    The maternity services deliver 1200 – 1500 babies a year in a consultant led unit though there is also opportunity to participate in activities related to low risk antenatal care.

    There is a labour ward and an antenatal/ post-natal ward supplemented with a day care unit for the women requiring closure antenatal monitoring.

    The gynaecology services in YDH comprise of both acute and elective activity. There are inpatient beds on two wards ( Kingston and 6A) where inpatients will be based, but predominantly patients are managed as day cases if stable with attendance through the gynaecology assessment unit and early pregnancy clinics.

    There are specialised clinics – colposcopy, fast track gynaecology for cancer , Urogynaecology and subfertilify

    The type of work to expect and learning opportunities The F1/F2 will be expected to participate in all aspects of patient care within the Department. This will include initial assessment of patients and there is continual 24 hr senior support in decision making and formulating management plans. It is expected that the F1/F2 will discuss all patients they see with a registrar /consultant before they discharge them home or before hospital admission. F1/F2 will be expected to participate in theatre sessions and outpatient activities as rostered on the duty programme. There will also be the opportunity to perform practical procedures such as catheterization, suturing. F1 doctors will be supported by senior colleagues and will discuss their findings and management plans.

    Educational Opportunities

    There is teaching for junior medical staff within the department weekly with varied topics to ascertain the breadth of both obstetrics and gynaecology relevant to initial evaluation of patients is covered. This is facilitated by the senior staff in the department with expectation that the juniors will participate by preparing given topics each week for discussion.. The F2 doctor is also free to attend Trust wide F2 teaching on a weekly basis. There is continuous shop floor teaching on all cases seen by the F2 doctor.

    There is a daily hand over of all patients both obstetric and gynaecology in the unit which is also utilized as a teaching time for discussion of relevant management of different presenting complaints.

    This is one of the only F2 rotational posts which provides clinics as part of learning where in a non-acute setting the F2 has opportunity to interact with patients, have case based discussions and develop letter writing / dictation to GP.

    There is opportunity to participate in Audit and quality improvement projects.

    Where the placement is based

    Women’s Hospital, Yeovil District Hospital

    This is a small friendly team where you will be supported by both consultant and senior nursing / Midwifery teams to develop your learning

    Clinical Supervisor(s) for the placement

    Mrs L Karamura (Education Tutor), Mr A Shah Mrs F Shah, Mrs N Soliman

    Main duties of the placement

    The F2 doctor will make an initial assessment of patients presenting as emergency attendances to gynaecology assessment unit and early pregnancy unit. They will not be expected to assess patients at risk of acute deterioration unless under direct supervision. They will formulate a plan for further investigation and initial treatment and discuss this with a senior colleague who will then review the case with them.

    On the labour ward, they will be expected to undertake the initial review of women presenting with non-acute obstetric complaints and discuss the care and management with senior obstetrician or Senior midwife as appropriate for the individual patient care.

    In an emergency ability to initiate initial resuscitative emergency care supported by the senior team as plans for individual patient care are formulated.

    Be part of theatre teams in both obstetrics and gynaecology participating as either first or second assistant in surgery . Where appropriate the F1/F2 may have opportunity to perform surgical procedures appropriate for their level of training and interest.

    You will be expected to participate in governance with attendance at departmental educational sessions that review patient care such as perinatal meetings, obstetric interventional meetings and your contribution will be expected as a learner. These are useful forums for learning more about complex cases that have been managed in the unit, but also participating in professional team discussions involving both nurses, midwives and noting how this works.

    In the outpatients setting, you will be expected to see both new and follow up patients, and individually discuss their care with senior doctors in the clinical setting to develop management plans and arrange relevant follow up.

    Typical working pattern in this placement

    The work pattern is shift based involving night shifts and in keeping with new working time regulations.

     It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

  • F2 Old age psychiatry

    Information to follow

  • F2 Paediatrics

    Placement F2 Paediatrics
    Yeovil District Hospital
    The department The Department of Paediatrics at Yeovil District Hospital comprises 7 consultant Paediatricians, who participate in an on-call rota for acute Paediatrics and neonates, and an Associate Specialist. The consultants are General Paediatricians have varied special interests in Child Protection, Emergency Paediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Diabetes, Oncology, Cardiology, Neurology and eating disorders.

    The Department consists of a 22 bedded Children and Young People’s Ward, with 2 purpose built adolescent rooms. It is adjacent to the dedicated Children’s Outpatient and Day Services area. The ward is open to children and young people of all specialties and there is joint working with Surgical and Orthopaedic teams.

    There are approximately 2000 Paediatric admissions annually and over 1000 new referrals to Paediatric Outpatients each year.

    Nurse-Led clinics take place and the work of the department is supported by a team of Community Children’s Nurses.

    There is a dedicated Paediatric Assessment Unit sited within the Emergency Department. Children and young people referred by General Practitioners are reviewed here as are children attending the Emergency department. Middle Grade staff oversee the assessment of these children, arranging appropriate discharge or follow up either as an admission or for review. This is overseen by the Consultant of the Week.

    The Unit (SCBU) has recently been fully refurbished, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Yeovil Hospital Charity’s Flying Colours Appeal. The SBCU is located at the far end of Freya Ward (maternity post natal ward). There are facilities to care for up to eight babies. We routinely admit babies from 32 weeks – 37 weeks gestation but we also admit other babies if they require extra special care.

    Community Paediatrics is integrated within the General Paediatric caseload .

    General Paediatric Outpatient clinics take place daily and peripheral clinics are carried out in Glastonbury, Wincanton, South Petherton, Crewkerne and Sherborne.

    The department has strong links with the tertiary centres of Bristol and Southampton, with sub-specialist clinics being held regularly at Yeovil. These include Oncology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Neurology, Paediatric Surgery, Nephrology, Paediatric Urology, Rheumatology, Clinical Genetics and Allergy. Annual reviews in Cystic Fibrosis in the tertiary team also take place locally. Junior medical staff are encouraged to attend these combined clinics.

    The type of work to expect and learning opportunities F2 doctors working within the Paediatric department are based either on the Paediatric ward, SCBU or in the Paediatric Assessment Unit during the ‘normal working day’. At all times the F2 doctor is supported by a middle grade doctor, working under the on-call consultant.

    When working on SCBU, the F2 doctor will be required, with a middle grade doctor, to see all Neonatal patients each day and will be part of the team responsible for their daily medical care.

    When working upon the General Paediatric ward, the F2 doctor will form part of the Paediatric team reviewing all patients daily on the morning ward round and providing their inpatient medical care.

    In the Paediatric Assessment Unit within the emergency department, the F2 doctor will clerk new admissions and, with senior support, assist in planning their ongoing management.

    There is a robust programme of formal teaching within the department, with twice weekly consultant teaching, weekly middle-grade led teaching, weekly departmental educational meetings and a weekly journal club. It is expected that F2 doctors will attend all teaching sessions and will participate in their delivery also.

    Where the placement is based Yeovil District Hospital: Ward 10, Paediatric Assessment Unit, Special Care Baby Unit, Paediatric Outpatient Department
    Clinical Supervisor(s) for the placement Dr Meridith Kane, Dr Paul Heaton, Dr Megan Eaton, Dr Christopher Zaborowski, Dr Michael Fernando, Dr Tamsyn Nicole
    Main duties of the placement As part of the paediatric team, the F2 doctor is responsible for the ward care of patients, the admission and treatment of new patients, and the ongoing management and planned discharge of patients. Yeovil District Hospital Paediatric Team operates a ‘Consultant of the Week’ system, and all junior paediatric doctors are expected to attend a daily handover meeting where all inpatients are presented and discussed. The F2 doctor’s rota will then allocate them to a ward round, either on the general paediatric ward or on the SCBU. The F2 doctors’ rota operates on a 6 week rolling cycle. Within that cycle all doctors will have an opportunity to work on the SCBU, the paediatric ward, the Paediatric Assessment Unit, and attend paediatric outpatient clinics.

    All paediatric trainees are expected to participate in regular structured departmental teaching sessions and weekly journal club meetings, as well as Trust based Foundation Stage teaching sessions.

    It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

  • F2 Trauma and orthopaedic surgery

    Placement F2 Trauma and orthopaedic surgery
    Yeovil District Hospital
    The department Orthopaedics and Trauma
    The type of work to expect and learning opportunities Daily trauma meeting, Ward cover, Acute on-call, assisting in theatre
    Where the placement is based Yeovil District Hospital
    Clinical Supervisor(s) for the placement Mr B Lankester, Mr Hall, Mr Latimer, Mr Donaldson, Mr Grundy, Mr Hoare
    Main duties of the placement Daily trauma meeting, Ward cover, Acute on-call, assisting in theatre
    Typical working pattern in this placement Daily trauma meeting at 0800

    Variable rota, typically with whole week blocks spent covering a ward (elective orthopaedics or trauma), assisting in theatre, day time acute on call (including fracture clinic learning) and hospital at night cover.

    One F2 post (orthogeriatrics) undertakes most weeks as ward cover on 6B, trauma ward.

    One week in 9 on call daytime, plus one week in 9 hospital at night cross covering orthopaedics and general surgery

    It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.