GLOUCESTERSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST


F1, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Cheltenham General Hospital) 

What programme are you doing?

ITU/Anaesthetics, MAU, GI surgery, Diabetes/Endocrine

Why did you pick this Trust?

Location – only an hour from Bristol and Birmingham, nice area to live – rural but not too far from big cities

What's the area like?

Lots of countryside nearby and close enough to big cities for a day’s shopping!  Although Cheltenham itself has lots of good shops, restaurants, bars and pubs

What's the best thing about your Trust?

It’s small enough to be friendly, but big enough that there’s a lot going on.  Everyone’s really kind and supportive

And the worst?

Usual NHS politics that occur everywhere

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Make friends with everyone – the ward clarks, nurses, porters, cleaners, canteen staff as well as the doctors.  You will constantly need help from everyone and a big smile goes a long way

What's the typical patient profile?

A real mixed bag, but on the whole a friendly bunch who will continuously tell you “you don’t look old enough to be a doctor…”

Describe your job in one word

Crazy!

F1, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Gloucestershire Royal Hospital)

What programme are you doing?

Palliative Care, AAU, Stroke Unit, Cardiology, UGI surgery

Why did you pick this Trust?

Near to where my boyfriend was working and offered the jobs I wanted to do

What's the area like?

Very nice – friendly people, staff in hospital very friendly. Lots of very nice countryside around and lots of things to do, from shopping to cheese rolling!

What's the best thing about your Trust?

Everyone very approachable and helpful, very forward thinking trust who seem keen to implement ‘best practice’ changes and also welcome feedback from the Junior Doctors, and implement changes following our feedback

And the worst?

Nurses all seem very overworked, but nothing bad to say about the trust as a whole

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Be nice to the nurses, they’ll be nice to you. Take plenty of breaks. Try to have fun with what you are doing. Don’t panic

What's the typical patient profile?

Wide variety  - plenty of young patients and (obviously) lots of elderly, from various social circumstances

Describe your job in one word

Satisfying

F1, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Gloucestershire Royal Hospital)

What programme are you doing?

F1: Psychiatry; Colorectal Surgery; Respiratory Medicine; AAU
F2: Trauma & Orthopaedics; A&E; General Surgery

Why did you pick this Trust?

No particular reason to be honest. I just wanted to move to somewhere new and heard that this area of the country was meant to be really nice. They were right! 

The diverse mixture of Psychiatry, Medicine, Surgery and Trauma in this two year placement also appealed to me.

What's the area like?

Gloucester has its good and bad areas, but Cheltenham is really close by and picturesque. It has quite a good night life, laid back atmosphere during the day and the surrounding area (the Cotswolds) is beautiful. Most of the junior doctors live in Cheltenham. It seems the place to be.

What's the best thing about your Trust?

The psychiatry teaching is fantastic and there is a relaxed atmosphere. The staff are all very kind, supportive and the consultants actually learn your name. The 2gether Trust as a whole is very organised, flexible and understanding of your needs. There is also a very sociable doctor’s mess in the Hospitals Trust which organises monthly pay-day parties in addition to other socials.

And the worst?

None to be honest!

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Come with an open mind and be fearless! Don’t be afraid to get stuck in.

What's the typical patient profile?

Working age with a variety of mental health problems.

Describe your job in one word

Unpredictable.

 

GREAT WESTERN HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST  

F1, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Swindon) 

What programme are you doing?

Urology, Paediatrics, AAU (F1)
General Surgery, GP, Cardiology (F2)

Why did you pick this Trust?

Convenience of the location for my partner and I, new and nice hospital

What's the area like?

Swindon town has its pros and cons, countryside surrounding it is beautiful.  Good transport links to London, Oxford, Bath and Bristol

What's the best thing about your Trust?

Nice clean hospital, friendly working environment

And the worst?

If you live in the accommodation it is a few miles into town

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Make an effort to get to know the staff you are working with, they will be there to support you.  Especially the other F1’s as you are a way out from town and thus a little effort has to be made to socialise

What's the typical patient profile?

A wide range but it’s a DGH so don’t often get to see the weird and wonderful diseases

Describe your job in one word

Enjoyable

 

NORTH BRISTOL NHS TRUST 

F1, North Bristol NHS Trust

What programme are you doing?

F1 – Care of the Elderly/Stroke Rehab, General Surgery, Trauma & Orthopaedics
F2 – Cardiology, GP, Acute Medicine

Why did you pick this Trust?

I wanted a very general F1, to try both surgical and medical specialities as I’m not completely certain which speciality I want to go into. However think that I am leaning towards medicine, which is why I wanted a more medically orientated F2 year and specifically an acute medicine rotation

What's the area like?

Southmead is in Bristol therefore it has all the amenities of living in such a vibrant and exciting city. There is always a lot to do socially and culturally away from work. Commuting to work is very easy as there is a great transport system and opportunities to cycle or drive to work. It is also very easy to find good accommodation that is a close distance to work

What's the best thing about your Trust?

The best thing about Southmead is the community atmosphere; I have felt like a valuable member of every team that I have worked on

And the worst?

There can at times be a lack of organisation, especially with timetables and on-call rotas

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Be prepared to work hard and learn a lot.

What's the typical patient profile?

There is a mix of patient types, however the majority are elderly who have lived in and around Bristol most of their lives

Describe your job in one word

Fulfilling

F2, North Bristol NHS Trust

What programme are you doing?

ENT, GP, Renal Medicine (F2)
Palliative Care, Care of the Elderly, Vascular Surgery (F1 also North Bristol – Southmead)

Why did you pick this Trust?

Location – Bristol (see below).  Reputation – for good training and learning opportunities and for being a nice place to work.  Regional and specialist centre.  Teaching Trust

What's the area like?

All the amenities and activities you would expect from a large and vibrant city.  Easily accessible from most areas of the city.  Majority of junior doctors live in the West of the city and commute to work by car/ bicycle.  Close to the countryside and the rest of the South West.  Poor public transport within the city but excellent transport links – M4/M5 motorways, 2 railway stations, international airport when you need to escape!

What's the best thing about your Trust?

 

The benefits of specialist departments without the ego and hierarchy you might traditionally associate with a teaching trust.  Learning opportunities.  Support from clinical and administrative staff.  Active mess and social calendar.

And the worst?

Food, bad even for a hospital

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice

What's the typical patient profile?

There isn’t one!

Describe your job in one word

Challenging

 

ROYAL UNITED HOSPITALS BATH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

F1, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust 

What programme are you doing?

Breast and endocrine surgery, acute medicine and surgery, geriatrics

Why did you pick this Trust?

Change from university area, proximity to Bristol and the countryside

What's the area like?

Superb

What's the best thing about your Trust?

Large DGH with high turn over of patients. Still with a community and friendly feel. Good opportunity for F1 acute medicine knowledge

And the worst?

Not a huge amount of cultural diversity

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Become organised, plan holidays ahead, use your seniors

What's the typical patient profile?

White, middle class, old

Describe your job in one word

Secretarial

F2, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

What programme are you doing?

GUM/Microbiology, General Practice, Medical Assessment Unit

Why did you pick this Trust?

Location and reputation

What's the area like?

Stunning city with fantastic open spaces and countryside

What's the best thing about your Trust?

Small enough to get to know most staff reasonably well

And the worst?

Hospital accommodation very poor

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Rent or buy in/near town to take full advantage of Bath

What's the typical patient profile?

Substance abusers through to retired Sea Lords (Very broad)

Describe your job in one word

Varied

 

TAUNTON & SOMERSET NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

F1, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust 

What programme are you doing?

Neurology/Rheumatology, Care of the Elderly, Upper GI Surgery

Why did you pick this Trust?

Have family in the area

What's the area like?

Rural surroundings

What's the best thing about your Trust?

Postgrad Centre

And the worst?

Accommodation

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Try and enjoy it

What's the typical patient profile?

Elderly with multiple illnesses

Describe your job in one word

Busy

F1, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust 

What programme are you doing?

Vascular, Neuro Rehab, Cardiology/Respiratory

Why did you pick this Trust?

In medical school, very friendly

What's the area like?

Friendly, lots to do

What's the best thing about your Trust?

Very good Mess

And the worst?

Can be overworked due to staff shortages. Paying for parking

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

 

What's the typical patient profile?

Old / many co-morbidities

Describe your job in one word

Fun

F1, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust 

What programme are you doing?

Haematology/Oncology, Care of the Elderly, Vascular Surgery

Why did you pick this Trust?

Friendly hospital

What's the area like?

Picturesque countryside

What's the best thing about your Trust?

Friendly

And the worst?

Paying for parking

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Come here!

What's the typical patient profile?

Old and rural

Describe your job in one word

Great

 

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BRISTOL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST           

F2, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust 

What programme are you doing?

Academic F2 - Liaison Psychiatry, Academic Psychiatry, Sexual Health

Why did you pick this Trust?

Enjoyed placements here as a medical student.  Great location in the centre of Bristol

What's the area like?

Large mix in patient populations present to the hospital.  Most people living in central Bristol are able to walk to work (parking is terrible) and the hospital is a few minutes walk from Cabot Circus – good for after work shopping! 

What's the best thing about your Trust?

Excellent educational supervisors who are selectively chosen and very approachable foundation directors.  Good pastoral care and careers advice.  Active mess, with netball, hockey, football teams and squash ladder.  Monthly payday party and annual doctors ball.

And the worst?

No windows!

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Make sure you locate the mess as it’s a great way to meet other doctors, especially if you have just moved to Bristol

What's the typical patient profile?

Very variable.  Central Bristol has a large population of people with drug and alcohol problems

Describe your job in one word

Enjoyable

F2, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust 

What programme are you doing?

F1 – ITU, Urology, Hepatology

F2 – Community Psychiatry, Max Fax, Paediatrics

Why did you pick this Trust?

Based near my house

What's the area like?

Really pretty bits of town, lots to do and easy to get out to the countryside even if you’re tied to public transport

What's the best thing about your Trust?

Variety of highly specialised fields to get involved in, lots going on with opportunities for keen people to get involved in high level audits, research and to change procedures/ policies

And the worst?

High stress in some areas due to workload pressures. The usual ongoing issues – ‘late’ contracts, rotas late so rota-ed on during annual leave/ study leave, last minute requirements to work a long day to cover sickness etc

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Be proactive from the start and you’ll get great opportunities for your CV from this trust. It really does give you what you need to flourish

What's the typical patient profile?

Huge variety as we’re a tertiary centre

Describe your job in one word

Stimulating

  

WESTON AREA HEALTH NHS TRUST 

F1, Weston Area Health NHS Trust

What programme are you doing?

Surgery, Cardiology, EAU, Care of the Elderly

Why did you pick this Trust?

I wanted to stay in Severn because it’s the area in which I trained and I love Bristol.  Working in Weston allows me to commute from Bristol and I wanted to start working in a small DGH to build up my skills and confidence

What's the area like?

Weston has a large elderly population so the majority of patients are older

What's the best thing about your Trust?

Weston is a small and incredibly friendly hospital.  You end up getting to know everyone which is really lovely

And the worst?

Sometimes there is a lack of senior support on the wards, meaning that we don’t always get the supervision and teaching that I had hoped for

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

If you are commuting from Bristol, make sure you buy a card for the Clifton suspension bridge as it saves you a lot of money!

Being organised is probably the most important thing, this will get easier as you learn how the hospital works.

Never be afraid to ask for help, people are always happy to help out.

Always make time for a break and don’t forget to eat, you will work much better.

Start on your e-portfolio early.

When on call, I always carry the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine and I make sure that I bring chocolate or something similar.  I couldn’t get by without them!

What's the typical patient profile?

Either an older person with worsening CCF or an elderly person with confusion, often caused by an infection

Describe your job in one word

Brilliant

F2, Weston Area Health NHS Trust

What programme are you doing?

Gynae/ ED/ General Surgery

Why did you pick this Trust?

 

For the rotation

What's the area like?

Nearby beach, not far from Bristol

What's the best thing about your Trust?

Friendly, small and personal

And the worst?

Lots of vacancies in the SHO rotas, no middle grade support except in ED

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Be aware that as an F2 it can be a lot of responsibility with no registrars around in gynae and general surgery. Note that the gynae job has no obstetrics. With no doctors living in the social life is not as good as it has been as everyone commutes back to Bristol

What's the typical patient profile?

Anything from young holiday makers and families to elderly locals

Describe your job in one word

Variable!

 

YEOVIL DISTRICT HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

F2, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

What programme are you doing?

Trauma & Ortho, O&G, General Practice

Why did you pick this Trust?

I didn’t. I ranked this job as approx my 200th choice in order of preference.

What's the area like?

Wonderful, I have been really happy here and would like to stay within the severn deanery to continue my training

What's the best thing about your Trust?

It is a small friendly hospital and generally everyone is very supportive

And the worst?

There are a few departments where do you not necessarily get all the learning experience required as it is a small hospital

What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust?

Enjoy it and make the most of the opportunities that come up

What's the typical patient profile?

In O&G you get a variety of patients from different social backgrounds, but ethnic background is generally white British

Describe your job in one word

Onwards