Several departments at Epsom and St Helier have won a prestigious award for the outstanding level of support given to trainee GPs studying at the hospitals.

The accolade from Health Education England’s GP School was awarded to the hospitals’ emergency medicine, palliative care, public health and orthogeriatrics departments.

The charter mark for GP training recognise excellence in training, including, access to clinics and teaching, support and excellent feedback on their experience.

The award follows a formal assessment made by the GP School, which involves meeting with trainees face-to-face.

Dr James Marsh, joint medical director, said: “As a university hospital, we are absolutely committed to providing fantastic training and development opportunities to the healthcare professionals of the future.

“I am very pleased to see that all of the hard work and dedication of our medical education team has paid off.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to all of our staff who were integral to us securing this award, including the trainee GPs and look forward to welcoming Health Education England back to our hospitals for another assessment in autumn.”