- Last Updated: Tuesday, 03 December 2019 16:56
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest provider of acute hospital services to Surrey residents with services spanning across three hospitals. Our trust serves a population of 410,000, including Europe’s largest women’s prison. We have a turnover of £335m with an operating surplus in 2018/19. We have over 3,800 staff and a further 400 volunteers.
Deployment of doctors
Our hardworking staff attend to half a million patients a year with nearly 30,000 emergency admissions and 40,000 planned elective cases each year. However our trust - like the rest of the NHS - is facing rising patient demand and complexity. As all trust leaders will know, it is increasingly important to have the right workforce with the right skills in place to help deliver the best quality care to patients. However, there are multiple factors which need to be addressed in order to help recruit and retain NHS staff. One of these aspects is the historical way doctors, especially colleagues in foundation, core and specialist years are deployed, which can feel traditional in approach and not connected to patient need or levels of demand.