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Junior doctors rate North Tyneside hospital best in country for trauma and orthopaedics training

Tuesday, 09 September, 2014
Junior doctors rate North Tyneside hospital best in country for trauma and orthopaedics training

North Tyneside General Hospital has been rated top in the country by junior doctors training in trauma and orthopaedics.

Results from the General Medical Council’s 2014 national training survey for trauma and orthopaedics show that the hospital is best for overall satisfaction for trainees.

Junior doctors are asked about various aspects of their post to make up the ‘overall satisfaction’ score such as how they rate the quality of teaching, experience and

supervision, how useful the post will be for their future career, and whether they would recommend the post to a friend.

The training is delivered by surgeons at North Tyneside hospital and in an added accolade for Northumbria Healthcare, one of the hospital’s surgeons Mr David Cloke was voted regional trainer of the year.

Overall the North East was the top region in England for doctors’ training in trauma and orthopaedics.

Northumbria Healthcare runs one of the largest orthopaedic departments in the region carrying out thousands of elective – planned hip and knee replacements – and emergency – fractured hips – operations every year.

More and more people from the North East, Cumbria and further afield are choosing to have their operation at Northumbria Healthcare because of the high quality care delivered and excellent patient experience results for its three general hospitals at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham.

Mr Cloke, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, said: “At Northumbria Healthcare, we are passionate about helping to nurture the workforce of the future and dedicated to providing a first-class training experience to our junior doctors. 

“For North Tyneside General Hospital to be named best in the country for overall satisfaction is credit to the hard work and dedication of the wider surgical team who support the doctors every step of the way.

“We value our junior doctors and the essential role they play in helping us to deliver high quality personalised care to our patients and we invest heavily in giving them the support they need.”

Mr Tim Brock is a specialty training registrar in trauma and orthopaedics and is currently working at North Tyneside hospital.

The 30-year-old said: “The hospital has a friendly atmosphere where everyone is very willing to teach and support you. You are given the appropriate level of autonomy and independence for your level of training, yet always have the support of your consultant and the rest of the team. I have really enjoyed my training rotation here.”

Every year the survey asks 54,000 doctors in post-graduate training across the UK what they think about the quality of their training.

The survey measures all aspects of junior doctors’ training including educational and clinical supervision, induction, experience, access to education and resources and teaching.

Professor Namita Kumar, postgraduate dean at Health Education North East, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we once again score so highly in the GMC survey – in particular for the areas that really count; overall trainee satisfaction, clinical and educational supervision.

“We could not do so well without the engagement of our junior doctors and the commitment of the region to high quality medical training.”


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