STRUCTURE: One of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s has gained “associated university” status.

The trust announced last month that East Surrey Hospital had been awarded the status of Associated University Hospital with Brighton and Sussex Medical School with immediate effect.

The trust said: “There are many benefits to this accolade, for example we gain additional students and student resource, there will be investment in our teaching facilities, it will have a positive impact on our research and development opportunities.

“The title has a prestige that will enhance our reputation and support us in our endeavour to recruit the best and the brightest clinicians.”