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Welcome to Medical Education


Welcome to the Medical Education Website.  This department is responsible for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education for medical students, (junior) doctors in training and senior/career doctors within our Trust.

Medical Education is led by a number of consultants within our trust, a strong team of teachers and experienced and well qualified support staff.  Their roles and responsibilities include faculty development and support (including training the trainers) as well as organisation of undergraduate and postgraduate education.

We have strong links with the University of Newcastle for medical students on placement, the Base Units of the Tees and Wear within our Medical School, other Trusts within the Northern Region for specialty rotations and Health Education England - North East (HEE NE), formerly Northern Deanery, in Newcastle with the support of the Postgraduate Dean. We have a number of objectives.  These include: -

  • To continue to improve the education of medical students within our Trust and to increase the number of medical students we take from the Wear and Tees Base Units, as well as to encourage these students to apply for junior doctor posts within our hospitals.
  • To make sure that our Foundation Doctors are well trained and have a varied and happy experience in the two years of Foundation Programmes across our main hospital sites.  We hope to give our Foundation Doctors a variety of experiences in different specialties, in conjunction with opportunities within our general practices in County Durham and Darlington and our partners in the Mental Health Trusts.
  • To develop high quality basic and higher specialty training rotations across our Trust, in the hope that the education and training we provide for our trainees and trainers will improve the quality of care that we as a Trust provide for our patients, and to give all our junior doctors the experience they require to progress in their careers.
  • To encourage and sustain medical education as part of the multi-disciplinary education/learning department within our Trust, and we will actively encourage multi-professional training events, experiences and courses within our Trust, so that all professionals who support patient care will work together as a team to improve the quality of care we provide for our patients.

Director of Medical Education - Mrs. Leigh Simmonds, Consultant in Emergency Medicine  (

Director of Undergraduate Medical Education - Dr. Sally Sadasivam (

Medical Education Manager - Mrs. Anne Sewell (

Deputy Medical Education Manager - Mrs. Angela Murray (

Undergraduate Tutor (Wear Base Unit) - Ms. Shilpi Mittal (                                         

Undergraduate Tutor (Tees Base Unit) - Dr. Sophia Wyn Jones  (                                                           

Lead Foundation Tutor -  Dr. Srikanth Mada (

Foundation Tutor - Miss Kath Grant (

Foundation Tutor - Dr. Hillary Workman (

Foundation Tutor -  Mr. Suresh Thomas (

Specialty Tutor - Dr. Anita Holtham (SurgeryCare Group)

Specialty Tutor - Dr. Deepak Kejariwal (Acute & Emergency Care Group)

'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after and very impressed.'

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital