Most trainees find that they do not need to relocate their accommodation during their training as units are within reasonable commuting distances from a central location.
The rotation currently has 5 trainees and each trainee will usually spend one year in each of four of the following training units:
Sobell House, Churchill Hospital, Oxford
2 ST posts are based in Oxford, one in the palliative care inpatient unit and one working with the community Clinical Nurse Specialist and the hospital teams, supervised by a consultant. The Churchill site includes a tertiary referral centre for oncology, renal and respiratory medicine, amongst others.
Katharine House Hospice, Banbury
1 ST post, predominantly working on the inpatient unit of this independent hospice. Opportunities to work with community team, covering large rural catchment area, and hospital advisory service at the Horton Hospital (part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust)
Duchess of Kent House, Reading
Nettlebed Hospice, Nettlebed: www.surerydercare.org
These 2 units are managed by the charity Sue Ryder Care.
1 ST post providing experience across sites: the working week will be divided between covering inpatient care plus community CNS team support, which involves outpatient work in addition to seeing patients in their own homes.
Florence Nightingale House Hospice, Aylesbury
1 ST post based in NHS inpatient unit on site of Stoke Mandeville DGH. Opportunity to work with in-reach service in hospital and with community CNS team based in the hospice
The frequency of on call commitment varies between posts but requires non-resident availability within a fixed travelling time. This is remunerated according to work intensity at individual units (1A or 1B).
The rotation endeavours to provide continuity of educational supervision throughout the training time of an individual trainee, providing broad support and mentorship.