Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is the hub for the North West London orthopaedic rotation. It was founded in October 2007 by the merger of St Mary’s NHS Trust and Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust with the Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine. Now one of the largest NHS trusts in the country it is also one of the UK’s first academic health science centres (AHSCs).
Imperial NHS Trust manages the following hospitals:
- St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington
- Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith
- Hammersmith Hospital, Acton
- Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, Acton
- Western Eye Hospital, Marylebone
All trainees on the rotation will pass through Imperial at least once during their training. Imperial NHS Trust employs over 9,600 staff and treats approximately 1.2 million patients a year. St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington is also the North West London Major Trauma Centre (MTC) which provides a 24-hour consultant-led trauma service for both adults and children.
Imperial College London
Imperial College London was founded in 1907 and has grown through mergers with St Mary’s Hospital Medical School (in 1988), the National Heart & Lung Institute (in 1995) and the Charing Cross Westminster Medical School (in 1997). Imperial has one of the largest estates of any higher education institution in the UK with its main campus located at South Kensington. Further campuses are located in Chelsea, Hammersmith, Paddington, Silwood Park and Wye College. It offers 242 taught courses to approximately 14,000 students from 126 countries.
Imperial is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world, ranking 2nd in the 2014/2015 QS World University Rankings and 9th in the 2014/2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. There are currently 15 Nobel laureates and 2 Fields Medalists amongst Imperial’s alumni, current and former faculty. It is a major centre for biomedical research and a founding member of the Francis Crick Institute. The Imperial College Faculty of Medicine is one of the largest in the UK with over 300 undergraduate students per year.