Clinical attachments

WE ARE SORRY TO ANNOUNCE, THAT NO CLINICAL ATTACHEMENTS ARE BEING ACCEPTED AT EAST SUSSEX HEALTHCARE TRUST DUE TO COVID-19.  THE SITUATION WILL BE REVIEWED IN APRIL 2021. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) are pleased to offer clinical attachment placements at Eastbourne District General Hospital and Conquest Hospital, Hastings. A clinical attachment is a short term unpaid placement for a qualified doctor who needs experience of the NHS. This is an observer role only and the doctor doing a clinical attachment will not have direct patient contact or take on any responsibility. Clinical attachments are available for the following:

  • Doctors who have qualified abroad and would like to gain some experience of UK culture and the NHS
  • Doctors returning to practice following a break (eg maternity leave or ill health)
  • Doctors requesting experience of a particular specialty to aid career choice

ESHT gives priority to high calibre doctors who have an intention to apply for a vacant position in the Trust. However, please note that doing a clinical attachment does not automatically secure a position at the Trust.

In accordance with Home Office recommendations, attachments are limited to a maximum of 6 weeks.

Applying for a Clinical Attachment

If you wish to apply for a clinical attachment at ESHT you will first need to find a Consultant Supervisor who will be willing to supervise and support you whilst at ESHT. Following this either you or your Clinical Supervisor may apply for a clinical attachment.

Requirements

The granting of a clinical attachment is dependent on the following:

Letter of good standing: Please provide letter of good standing from someone within an institution.

Visa: You will need to have residency status in the UK (including refugee status) or a business visitor visa. Clinical attachments are not permitted on a general visa. Further information: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyandlaw/modernised/visiting/

Language requirements: If you are not a native English speaker you will need an IELTs certificate level 7.0 or an equivalent level of English that you can demonstrate.

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Occupational Health

If you have a medical condition for which adjustments are required to enable you to carry out your placement, you must inform the Medical Education Department in advance of your placement.

Information will be given to you on starting your placement as to actions to take in the event of you sustaining a needle-stick injury or body fluid exposure.

Please contact the Occupational Health and Wellbeing Department if you develop any of / or a combination of the symptoms listed below:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained fever, particularly at night
  • Unexplained breathlessness or persistent chest pain
  • Unexplained cough lasting longer than three weeks
  • especially if you are producing sputum

Accommodation

Accommodation may be booked at Eastbourne DGH site, subject to availability. Please note that there is a charge for this and you will be invoiced for this directly by the accommodation department.

There is no on site accommodation available for clinical attachments at the Conquest Hospital, so therefore you will need to make your own arrangements.

Fees

The Medical Education Department charge an administration fee of £50 for clinical attachments and this is payable in cash when you attend induction on the first day of your attachment.

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