Education Centres

About the Centres

There are dedicated education and learning centres on each site – the Education Centre located at the heart of Ashford Hospital and the Oliver Plunkett Postgraduate Education Centre located close by the Duchess of Kent Wing of St. Peter’s Hospital.

Both centres receive support funding from the Postgraduate Deanery of Kent, Sussex and Surrey, with additional funding from charitable trusts and benefactors.


The centres provide multi-disciplinary education facilities for the doctors in training, hospital medical staff, general practitioners, hospital scientists, nurses and rehabilitation professionals.

The postgraduate education programme includes seminars, tutorials and study days covering all medical specialties. In addition we provide Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Advanced Life Support (ALS), Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and GP Intensive training. The Basic Surgical Skills Training (BST) programme is also run on site on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons.

In addition, Ashford is an examination centre for the Royal College of Physicians MRCP Clinical Part II examination (PACES).

Both centres provide comprehensive library and learning facilities in pleasant and quiet surroundings.

The department teams provide a friendly and helpful support service.


Health Service Library

The Health Sciences Libraries at both Ashford and St. Peter’s hospitals are busy multi-disciplinary libraries serving all NHS and social care staff working in local hospital, community and primary care settings. The Library and Knowledge Services team aims to meet the information needs of users by providing access to the most relevant and up-to-date evidence-based data, delivered at the time and point of need.

The libraries provide a comprehensive range of both print and electronic knowledge and learning resources, excellent IT facilities, and a comfortable and well equipped learning environment which is accessible 24 hours a day. A range of alerting services and fast and efficient document supply complements the inquiry and information service. A programme of Evidence-Based Knowledge Skills workshops and tutorials is available.
Student Nurses

At Ashford and St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we are committed to improving the experience of our students and mentors. We are always looking at new and innovative ways in which we can do this.
Education Programmes

The education centres run a variety of programmes and you are welcome and eligible to join the majority.

Please discuss your interest with your college tutor or a member of the postgraduate centre team, they will be happy to advise.

Please note however, that many of the programmes are mandatory, form an integral part of your training and, are often specific to your rotation or your site - please make a note of the programmes that apply to you early in your stay.


Notice Board

Other training and education events occur throughout the year. All are advertised on the notice boards in the education centres and in the library - please check for details.

In addition, the programmes are posted on the trust global news letter - please check your e-mails for the latest confirmation of programme content, time and venue.


Details of Education Programmes Trust Wide

In order to provide the most effective education service for our clinical staff in training, the majority of the educational programmes are duplicated at each site, Ashford and St. Peter’s. Clinical staff attend the programme according to their rotation and location - each clinician is asked to check which programmes apply to their situation.

There are Trust wide training initiatives - one being the educational half-day - where each department and multi-disciplinary team plans and provides training that is key to the development of their team and their specialty. Essential core services are maintained and as many staff as possible are released from routine duties in order that they might attend.

The dates are agreed annually and in advance.


Educational Half Days

Educational Half Days are held on both sites once a month. Each Department determines the content and venue as appropriate - please ask your tutor for details.

The half days are protected education and commence at 2.00pm


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