Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

OMFS – Shift practice and rota

The post holder will take part on the on-call rota. The on-call rota is shared with the SpRs from Portsmouth. The 4 week-day nights are covered with Monday middle grade cover provided from Portsmouth, Tuesday and Wednesday from Chichester and Thursday from Portsmouth. Friday nights and Week-ends are equally shared on a 1 in 6 basis, with “short” week-ends, i.e. separate SpR cover for Friday nights. Ideally if the Friday night is covered from Chichester, then the week-end would be covered by Portsmouth and vice-versa.

On call, particularly at week-ends, may be busy and the KSS SpR will be fully involved, needing to perform Ward Rounds and operating at Portsmouth. There are separate SHO and Consultant cover for the 2 ends. No trauma is routinely admitted to Worthing, although there is a full 24-hour A and E department there; unless it is polytrauma, it will be transferred to MFU care in Chichester.

The 2 SpRs will rotate between themselves to ensure exposure to all 5 Consultants. Both SpRs are expected to know about all OMFS in-patients and close working between the 2 is essential. Apart from exceptional circumstances both SpRs are not allowed to be away at the same time.

Before booking any time off  plans must be discussed with the other SpR and Educational Supervisor. Leave of all forms must be booked 6 or more weeks in advance, by completion of a leave form that needs to be signed by the Integrated Clinical Lead


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