University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

General Information

The Children’s Hospital in Bristol and the associated neonatal unit at St. Michael’s Hospital act as the tertiary referral centres for the South West region. The Children’s Hospital moved to its new site adjacent to the Bristol Royal Infirmary in April 2001. The Paul O’Gorman building is a modern, purpose-built children’s hospital with excellent facilities for patients, parents and staff. There is a large paediatric intensive care unit taking patients mainly from the South West but also from other regions. In May 2014, the children's services in neurosurgery, neurosciences, orthopaedics and plastic surgery all merged onto a single site at the Children's Hospital.

Postgraduate Education

Adjacent to Bristol Children’s Hospital is the UHB Education Centre, which includes the Institute of Child Health. It houses the main postgraduate medical library for UHB and includes electronic access to a wide range of relevant paediatric and other medical journals. Access to the internet is available in the library (17 terminals), from the Junior Doctors’ mess (3 terminals) and through any computer within the hospital. There is a small paediatric library provided within the Junior Doctors’ mess.

Grand rounds take place every Friday with presentations from all firms allied to the Children’s Hospital.  Teaching for ST2-3s takes place every Tuesday lunchtime and covers the syllabus in a two year rolling programme. Sub-specialities have separate programmed academic and clinical meetings going on throughout the week to which all trainees are invited. There is hospital wide teaching on Wednesday lunchtimes.

The Education Centre also houses the Bristol Simulation Centre which is provides superb simulation based training.

Further Information

UHBristol Foundation Trust
Severn Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME)
St Michael's Hospital and Bristol Children's Hospital

UHB College Tutors: Dr Rachel Sunley.

Working Pattern

The medical cover for the different Paediatric medical specialties is through a comprehensive junior and senior out of hours system, with trainees in F2 and ST2-3 forming the first tier and trainees in ST4-8 on the second tier. All Paediatric medicine rotas work are new contract compliant. We have enhanced out of hours cover across the hospital with excellent patient care and support for our trainees. There are separate rotas in PICU, oncology/Haematology/BMT and Paediatric cardiology. Paediatric medicine trainees provide cross-cover for some of the other sub-specialty rotas, so that the training experience is superb.