Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is split into 2 sites: Maidstone and The Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. There are 3 Respiratory Consultants on each site and the registrars work on 1 of the 2 sites, rotating between the consultants.

Both hospital sites offer a broad range of general Respiratory experience, with EBUS services on the Maidstone site and medical thoracoscopy on the Tunbridge Wells site.

Both sites have use of their own dedicated Respiratory USS and have consultants trained to Level 2 which enables training of the registrars.

There are specialist cancer, bronchiectasis and COPD clinics available.

Post detail
  • Grade: Higher Training
  • Location: The post holder will be based in either Maidstone Hospital or Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. On occasion the Registrars may have to cross cover.
  • Qualifications & Professional registration required: MRCP membership; Registered medical qualifications; Completed Foundation years 1 and 2 or equivalent training and at least 1 year UK experience
Training Programme

The Registrar posts are split either on the Maidstone site or The Tunbridge Wells site, but on occasion the registrars may have to cross cover. Currently we have provision for 2 Respiratory SpRs on the Tunbridge Wells site and 1 Respiratory Registrar on the Maidstone site. The other Registrar post on the Maidstone site is currently held by an Acute Medicine Trainee, but we are looking to change this in the future.

The departments offer a broad range of general Respiratory and G (I) M exposure. One Respiratory Consultant on each site is trained to Level 2 in Chest USS so we are able to supervise registrars to obtain Level 1 accreditation and have a dedicated USS machine on each Respiratory ward.

Our lung cancer services have been streamlined and now have dedicated lung cancer clinics on each site. EBUS is offered on the Maidstone site and Medical Thoracoscopy at Tunbridge Wells.

Both sites have an excellent team of Respiratory Nurses and physiotherapists. There is a very active audit programme and we participate in all the National BTS audits. We have just set up a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Course and a new Integrated COPD pathway

Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury: Dr Simon Webster and Dr Tuck Loke are the substansive Respiratory Consultants on this site. All the consultants are enthusiastic teachers and keen to attract trainees to the new hospital. There are 2 Bronchoscopy lists a week and regular Respiratory clinics. There is a dedicated Respiratory teaching session on alternate weeks. Ward 21 is the dedicated Respiratory ward where we deliver NIV and have Optiflow.

Maidstone: Dr Syed Husain and Dr Ravish Mankragod are the Respiratory Consultants on this site. They also offer 2 Bronchoscopy lists (including TBNA and EBUS) a week and outpatients, including a service providing Omalizumab.

Foster Clark Ward is the dedicated Respiratory ward where we deliver NIV and have Optiflow.

College Tutors
  • Dr Siva Sivappriyan – College Tutor (Maidstone)
  • Dr Mamuka Kupharadze - Colle Tutor (Tunbridge Wells)
Educational Supervisors

You will be supervised by one of the Educational Supervisors within the department, all of whom have passed the HEKSS QESP/RCP programme.

  • CCT/CESR/CP/Core
  • Core Competencies in Respiratory Medicine
Salary Scale

All payscales can be found on the website below. The Trust is continually working with juniors to make sure all rotas are compliant. You will initially receive an offer letter followed by your contract. Should you require any additional information beforehand, please contact our Medical Staffing department by email.

Payments policy

Employee salaries are paid on the 24th of the month. If this falls on a weekend salaries will be paid on the last working day.

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I spent my ST4 year at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospitals (six months on each site). I greatly enjoyed my time spent at both hospitals. On both sites general medicine is run as a ward-based system; this enabled me to gain great deal of my time on the wards managing acute respiratory patients. General medical on call shifts were well supported by a team of consultant Acute Physicians. Both hospitals attract excellent core medical trainees as well as foundation trainees who are generally very keen for formal and informal teaching and training from ST3s/ SpRs.My training in thoracic oncology has definitely benefited from working alongside consultants from the Kent Oncology Centre. I feel I have a far more detailed understanding of the management of lung cancer after diagnosis and it has been very rewarding to follow up a number of patients alongside the oncologists during my year at MTW. During my year at MTW I have also completed my Level 1 Thoracic Ultrasound accreditation.

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