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Medical Education Team

Our vision is for a strong and progressing Medical Education Team that supports high quality patient-centred training across Sussex Partnership.

We design and support the delivery of up-to-date, relevant, training for doctors and professionals across the career span and throughout the Trust. Our programme content is designed to be innovative and places quality of care at the heart of our teaching.

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We know how important it is for new doctors in training to feel welcome and supported, and to be provided with stimulating and effective educational opportunities. We will work with you to ensure that your time with us at Sussex Partnership is an enjoyable and successful experience.

Professional Education

Sussex Partnership’s Medical Education and training programmes are delivered in partnership with universities, colleges and other organisations in the south east such as Health Education England Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS). Internationally recognised academic experts lead and work in our services, often jointly appointed with university partners.

The Medical Education department provides high-quality education in medicine, nursing, psychology and psychological therapies, occupational therapy, social care and other aspects of wellbeing and healthcare. We work in partnership with Brighton and Sussex Medical School and help students develop the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours required for clinical practice and a range of other related roles.

The student/trainee lifespan within Medical Education is shown below:

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Medical Education currently has 62 placements available across Sussex. These are in a wide variety of places such as hospitals, GP practices and community clinics.

All trainee doctors have protected teaching time and take part in academic and educational opportunities such as the trainee Balint groups, trainee forums, participate in in-house teaching programmes such as the Academic Programme and attend psychotherapy seminars.

The academic year starts in August for all trainees, with different rotations throughout the year which is dependent on their grading.


Supported Return to Training

If you are returning to training after a break of at least 3 months, then the Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) programme is here to help you. Maybe you’re coming back after parental or sick leave, or have been on an out of programme placement or working in a non-training post.

We know that returning to training after a break can be challenging. You may feel that your knowledge or skills need to be refreshed, worry about new developments in clinical practice while you’ve been away, or be struggling with your work/life balance since you returned. SuppoRTT is here to help you transition back to clinical practice safely and confidently.

To be eligible, you need to be a trainee on a Training Programme or to have been allocated a National Training Number (NTN) for an upcoming scheme.

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The Medical Education Team is committed to making sure that the highest quality and most up to date training opportunities are available to all staff in the Trust. For example, there is currently a strong focus on simulation training. Simulation training is an exciting, rapidly expanding and contemporary approach to mental healthcare training that replicates real life scenarios in a safe and controlled way. It is known to improve patient care and safety and enhance multidisciplinary practice, and its adoption is supported by national policies  and a growing body of literature. 

If you have any questions about any of our Medical Education provision please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Library and Knowledge Services

Our library and knowledge services are here to support all our staff by giving you the confidence that you are using the latest and best quality information in your work. Our library staff will support you in your studies, save you time by helping you find what you need, and keep you current by sending you tailored, regular updates.

All staff are entitled to use the NHS libraries in Sussex, regardless of your base or locality.

If you have any questions about our library services, please contact our knowledge experts by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Ask a champion

Our champions are on hand to answer your questions. They are individuals from within our services who have the most up to date knowledge and experience to make sure you get the information and guidance you need. Simply fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.