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