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Junior doctors rate training ‘up north’ as the best in the NHS

Tuesday, 26 July, 2016
Junior doctors rate training ‘up north’ as the best in the NHS

As the region’s NHS welcome hundreds of new junior doctors beginning their medical careers, the NHS in the north of England has topped a national survey of satisfaction amongst existing trainees published by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Junior doctors working in the North East and North Cumbria who are training in hospitals, GP practices and other healthcare settings across the region’s NHS, have voted their training as the best in England in the General Medical Council’s (GMC) annual training survey.

The national GMC training survey for 2016 asked the 45,592 junior doctors in training across England for their views on their post graduate medical training, with a response rate of over 98 per cent.  In the North East and North Cumbria, over 98 per cent of the 2636 junior doctors in training gave their views.

The results put the north of England as the best in the NHS in terms of junior doctor trainee satisfaction in nine of the 15 survey indicators:

·         Induction

·         Supportive environment

·         Clinical supervision in hours

·         Clinical supervision out of hours

·         Handover support

·         Educational supervision

·         Reporting systems

·         Local teaching

·         Feedback

In the remaining six areas, the North East and North Cumbria region was in the top five regions nationally out of a total of 13 areas across England.  The GMC national training survey asks junior doctors what they think about the quality of their postgraduate medical training.  This year’s survey was open from 22 March to 11 May, during the industrial dispute in England with junior doctors sharing their views about day-to-day training experiences and the environments in which they work.

The region’s NHS is widely regarded as the best in the country when it comes to junior doctor satisfaction and has historically scored very well with trainees’ feedback – the 2016 GMC survey results, however, are amongst the best yet with more top scores than ever before.

Professor Namita Kumar is postgraduate dean at Health Education England in the North East and North Cumbria, the body responsible for training in the region, and is also consultant physician and rheumatologist at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. 

She said:  “We are absolutely delighted to receive such positive feedback from our junior doctors which shows the standard of our postgraduate medical training is amongst the very best in the whole UK.  This is particularly welcome during what has been a particularly challenging year for junior doctor colleagues.

“Our region is home to some of the very best performing NHS trusts in the country and the quality of training on offer really is second to none.  We have a multitude of cutting edge training facilities, world class centres of clinical excellent and a culture which thrives across all of our NHS organisations to deliver truly outstanding patient care.

“This collaborative culture and shared vision to put patients’ first which exists across our NHS organisations is really what sets our region apart and we are very proud to have such a strong track record of delivering the highest possible quality of medical education and training.”

Last year NHS organisations across the North East and North Cumbria launched the ‘NHS Find Your Place’ campaign to showcase the excellent training opportunities on offer in the region, as well as the lifestyle that can be enjoyed ‘up north’. 

As hundreds of new junior doctors descend on the region next week for their induction programmes the NHS Find Your Place is encouraging all trainees – those fresh from medical school beginning their foundation years of training and those who have chosen to do their speciality training in the north of England – to get involved with the campaign by tweeting their pictures to @NHSfyp using #foundmyplace.

Dr Chris Tiplady, consultant haematologist at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and regional adviser for education in the North East and North Cumbria said:  “I am really proud that all of our NHS local trusts are part of the NHS Find Your Place campaign and feel very passionately about putting our region on the map to showcase the great NHS training opportunities we have on offer.

“We always get fantastic feedback from our trainees and find that people who relocate here or come to medical school, will often stay.  The region has a high performing NHS, state-of-the-art facilities and high rates of patient and staff satisfaction.  We want more people to think ‘north’ when considering their next steps in training and benefit not only from a leading edge NHS but also the amazing lifestyle on offer which is second to none.”

For more information about junior doctors training and the NHS Find Your Place campaign visit