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Arrowe Park Hospital

Arrowe Park Road, Wirral, CH49 5PE
63.6% of trainees would work here again

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GMC Training Survey 2021
Overall
77.50
Clinical Supervision
91.00
Clinical Supervision OOH
87.70
Workload
49.90
Supportive Environment
71.90
Rota Design
74.00
Adequate Experience
75.70
Educational Supervision
85.10
Local Teaching
62.70
Teamwork
74.40
Educational Governance
70.50
Curriculum Coverage
74.90
Feedback
68.40
Study Leave
65.10
Reporting systems
74.00
Induction
77.90
Handover
68.40
Facilities
68.40
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Overall
5
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Great hospital to work in as a junior! There is lots of senior support, particularly during on calls. The hospital system is completely computerised and efficient. I did have some trouble with Med staffing- ie. difficulties getting leave for exams, etc. but overall, had a good experience here. During the pandemic, the consultants were good with making sure consultant medical ward rounds were done for outlying patients (although this had to be escalated first for this to regularly be done).
General (internal) Medicine
Junior (F1-CT2)
Arrowe Park Hospital
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5
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The surgery department is very well staffed on the wards and supportive. On calls include one registrar, an SHO and a ward F1 overnight. Depending on how busy it is, it can feel poorly staffed. The on call SHO covers ENT as well, so work can pile up frequently. There is always a senior led ward round each day and many opportunities to scrub in for theatre if you are interested. The department is also happy to assist with audits, presentations, etc.
General Surgery
Junior (F1-CT2)
Arrowe Park Hospital
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1
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Amazing hospital as its all computerised. However the rota for ENT is AWFUL. You spend your 8-5 oncall (most of your the time) or oncall PLUS ward cover (i.e. you cover both like youre superman). Then your long days are ALSO oncall. Long days are general surgery until 5pm where the day ENT SHO hands over the oncall bleep and you cover both. So as the ENT CST you're on TWO seperate oncall rotas - the general surgery and then the ENT rota. I only got 22 educational sessions in 6 months instead of 156 youre meant to get. The ENT consultants are lovely - and my favourite all time consultants. However I could never spent any time with them as always on service provision. This was raised up the chain all the way to TPD. Nothing happened and nothing changed. I felt robbed and used.
Otolaryngology
Core Surgical Training
Arrowe Park Hospital
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1.4
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Horrendous rota. It is no exaggeration to say that almost every single day you will hold an on-call bleep. That will either be the ENT bleep 08:00-17:00, or the general surgery bleep, as you are included in both rotas. The general surgery bleep holder, after 5pm, will also hold the ENT bleep so you end up covering two specialities for the entirety of the night. Additionally, the urology SHO will go home at 8pm, handing over their bleep to the general surgery SHO. This means that, overnight, you’ll cover at least two specialities, and between 8pm and midnight you’ll ALSO hold the urology bleep. ENT during the day can be relentless - you’ll frequently be the only junior doctor covering the current ENT inpatients, GP referrals, ED referrals, new inpatient referrals, and post-op returners who come back through the SEU clinic. The rota is so short-staffed that there is often no F1 doctor who can even do the simple jobs, so the SHO is responsible for every single task going on outside of the outpatient clinics. The registrars are highly variable in their willingness to help, which makes a stressful job even more difficult. My CST colleagues had tremendous difficulty getting adequate theatre time and are concerned that they will not have sufficient exposure to basic operations that are required for them to progress to the next stage of training. Negligible teaching throughout the rotation, and no induction or demonstration of how to perform common practical skills that an SHO must be capable of carrying out. You’re also frequently dumped on by the nurses in the outpatient clinics to prescribe ear drops for patients you’ve never seen, with almost no clinical information provided. Easily the most disappointing and frustrating job I’ve done.
Otolaryngology
Junior (F1-CT2)
Arrowe Park Hospital
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3.8
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Consultants are, by and large, fantastic. This can be a very busy job, but with lots of opportunity to clerk new patients when an SHO, although there is, unfortunately, a lot of time spent being the typist and secretary for ward rounds, although this is common across all specialities and is not unique to this department. There is always somebody more senior who is willing to help. As all patients need to be reviewed by a doctor with full registration, the F1s are prioritised as typists because they don’t have the same level of independence to facilitate faster reviews of patients; this can sometimes be a tad frustrating. Overall, this was an enjoyable job with lots of support and opportunity to learn common acute medical conditions. Almost every F1 will get 4 weeks in acute medicine as part of an ‘acute block’ which I think is a nice addition to the foundation programme. Rota problems are endemic to Arrowe Park Hospital, and this is my main gripe. Annual leave can be difficult to obtain, study leave even harder, but this is not specific to acute medicine - it is the case for almost every department in the hospital.
Acute Internal Medicine
Foundation Programme
Arrowe Park Hospital
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1.2
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SHO experience: Regularly criticised for decisions made while on-call. Not constructive criticism, mind you; just plain criticism. The registrars get it even worse - I have no idea how they manage to maintain such composure. Unpleasant handovers, with direct confrontation and, at times, attempts to intimidate juniors. Unfortunately, the consultant body largely lives up to the stereotype. Advanced nurse practitioners rule the roost, with F1s dictated to as to which jobs they must do, when and where they can take a break etc. The SHOs are in a strange position of being conveniently considered senior to ANPs when it suits, and junior to ANPs when it is beneficial to the ANPs. Get used to constant patronising and undermining comments as the ANPs try to maintain their crown and proximity to the consultants. Get ready to sign off on ECGs that you never requested, for patients you never saw, because the ANPs would rather your signature is placed on anything other than blatant normal sinus rhythm. Support out of hours entirely depends on the registrar on-call with you.
General Surgery
Junior (F1-CT2)
Arrowe Park Hospital
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2.8
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Mostly excellent consultants who make themselves available to answer any questions. Self-development time is actually honoured, which makes a change from most specialities. Can be extremely busy and are often expected to do everything for a patient you see, including giving out the medications and fluids if you actually expect a patient to receive anything in a timely manner. Rota is quite tough, but manageable. Weekly teaching is good quality and protected. Overall, great learning experience. I happily pick up locum shifts for this department.
Emergency Medicine
Junior (F1-CT2)
Arrowe Park Hospital
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3.8
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Wonderful consultants. Challenging during the pandemic due to staffing shortages, but the registrars and consultants are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and they always make themselves available to support you. More formal teaching could be provided, but the pandemic did make this difficult so I can’t complaint too much. Would recommend.
Geriatric Medicine
Foundation Programme
Arrowe Park Hospital
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5
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What a fantastic department. So much theoretical teaching, practical skill exposure, and coffee! If you get the opportunity to work here, do it!
Intensive Care Medicine
Junior (F1-CT2)
Arrowe Park Hospital
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Overall
4.8
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Excellent, supportive teams. The best foundation rotation I've done.
Paediatrics
Junior (F1-CT2)
Arrowe Park Hospital
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1.4
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Dangerously understaffed large gen med and gastro ward. Staffing has been raised at JDF many many times, nothing changes. Poor support from seniors, some of whom will tell you they have no intention of learning your name from day 1. Avoid if possible.
Gastroenterology
Junior (F1-CT2)
Arrowe Park Hospital
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