Who’s who

You will see many different members of staff on the ward. If you are not sure who they are, please ask them. All staff wear identity badges saying who they are and what they do.

The medical team

Each patient is under the care of a senior doctor, called a consultant. Working with the consultant are junior doctors (foundation year 1 and 2),core trainees (years 1, 2 and 3), specialist registrars and staff grade doctors.

The nursing team

During your stay with us, you will be allocated a qualified nurse who is likely to be supported by a healthcare assistant. They will introduce themselves at the start of their shift.

Other healthcare professionals

Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and speech and language therapists also visit the ward to see patients and talk with carers or relatives.

Specialist palliative care

The specialist palliative care team support patients with a life-threatening illness and their carers, from the time of diagnosis onwards. They work closely with other hospital professionals, GPs and district nurses.

Social worker

If any practical or domestic difficulties arise due to you being in hospital or if you are worried about how you will manage when you get home, the Pathfinder team may be able to help. For more information, please ask one of the nurses or contact the Pathfinder team on 01271 311745.


Housekeeping staff make sure your ward is clean and that you get your meals, drinks and refreshments. If you have any worries about these things, please ask any member of the housekeeping staff.


Student doctors, nurses and therapists might accompany your consultant on ward rounds or patient assessments or be involved in your care. We might ask if you are happy to be seen by a student to help improve their clinical skills. Please be reassured that you can say no and that this will not affect the care you receive.

If you have any concerns or questions, please speak with your doctor or nurse.

Other staff you might see

  • Ward clerks
  • Medical photographers
  • Hotel services staff such as porters, cleaners and caterers
  • Volunteers

Last updated: October 2, 2017