Brighton hospital trust to take over training organisation

Posted On 14 Feb 2011 at 4:20 am

The organisation that provides postgraduate training for doctors, dentists and pharmacists across the region will be run by Brighton’s main hospital trust.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust will take over the management of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery from April.

The trust faced a rival proposal but was chosen unanimously by a panel set up by the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and an external assessor.

The SHA, which is due to be abolished by April next year, ratified the move at a recent board meeting.

It has now written a letter confirming the move.

The deanery is currently based near Guy’s Hospital, close to London Bridge, in Central London.

The change of control is expected to bring closer links to the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, which is also run by the trust, as is the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Trust chief executive Duncan Selbie shared the news in a message to his staff.

It is unclear who or which organisation will commission education from the deanery once strategic health authorities are abolished.

But the SHA letter said that the deanery offices are likely to remain in their present locations.

It also said that some specialist training programmes are likely to transfer to the deanery from its London counterpart although it warned of “some challenging financial constraints over the next few years”.

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