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Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

Bordesley Green East, Birmingham, B9 5SS
33.3% of trainees would work here again

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GMC Training Survey 2021
Overall
72.40
Clinical Supervision
89.70
Clinical Supervision OOH
86.80
Workload
41.20
Supportive Environment
65.50
Rota Design
69.30
Adequate Experience
71.60
Educational Supervision
83.20
Local Teaching
62.40
Teamwork
71.30
Educational Governance
67.10
Curriculum Coverage
70.30
Feedback
64.70
Study Leave
55.40
Reporting systems
69.30
Induction
71.30
Handover
68.50
Facilities
64.70
Reviews (12)
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Clerking shifts generally ok, OOH is awful. Frequently get handed over 20-30 patients in a go, (team of 3 clerking doctors overnight), which means that ward cover gets dragged to help clerk (God forbid hospital gets put onto black alert and the trust might get fined). Ward cover can end up covering 12 wards overnight - each a fully bedded 35 patient ward. Normally its 1 doctor: 6 wards which is just about manageable. The juniors are generally very nice however. The rota coordinator is awful and doesn't care. Don't bother putting any special requests including weddings, birthdays, holidays etc. six weeks before your rotation because it won't happen.
Acute Internal Medicine
Junior (F1-CT2)
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
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5
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Fabulous team of consultants and registrars, lots of learning opportunities and chances to practice practical procedures, very well supported, generally very well staffed
Paediatrics
Paediatrics and Child Health F1
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
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1.6
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High workload, unfriendly consultants (a few decent ones but some mean ones), busy on calls, slow IT and not enough functioning computers. Survived as an fy1 but would be tough job as a fy3 year.
Vascular Surgery
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
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0.6
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Insanely busy ward, with a lot of patients effectively stuck waiting for psych/social workers. Don't actually learn a lot of Diabetes and Endo, more of a geriatric/gen med feel. You also work as part of a huge gen med rota (received 3 days before rotation started lol), and it is horrid. Loads of unsociable shifts, 7 day runs and impossible to take adequate leave. Clerking is a nightmare, so difficult to find a senior to post take a patient. Not a lot of learning opportunities, you are definitely seen as service provision and no one actually cares about you. You're just a number on a spreadsheet and everything gets blamed on covid.
Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
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5
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Fantastic job. Supportive seniors, interesting cases, felt supported and safe. Would highly recommend this job.
Intensive Care Medicine
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
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1.6
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Awful rota and admin staff. Not paid properly (if at all), waiting months for locum pay, rotas that come out three days before actually starting (god forbid you've prebooked any form of study leave, or are a human, with a life). Rotas also seem to always come out 15 mins before admin staff leave for the day. Good luck with emails or phone calls - these aren't ever answered. You are treated as a number on a spreadsheet. During covid, little regard for personal risk assessments - attitude by some senior staff was that we all have to do things we don't have to do - so why don't you just do it? Fit testing was half hearted (few FFP3 masks on the wards, then it seemed like they gave up and it was DIY fit testing where you watched a video in a room by yourself rather than having someone trained assess you). Night staffing can be up to one doctor covering 120 patients. On the upside, the medical seniors are quite supportive and other juniors are lovely. Can book rooms on site which is a godsend after nights (and there are plenty to go round). RMO easily accessible, even on nights.
General (internal) Medicine
Internal Medicine Training
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
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3.8
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Nice team, interesting case, good working hours. No issues on this job
General Psychiatry
Foundation Programme
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
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1
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Asked to cover 40 patients routinely as sole F1 on ward. Little to no training opportunities. On weekends, covering up to 80 patients spread over multiple wards. Routinely finished late, barely attended teaching, little senior support. No departmental teaching arranged for juniors. Asked to cover sicknesses last minute.
Vascular Surgery
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
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3
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Chaotic and always understaffed (nursing and medical) but friendly staff and you can learn a lot. Very tiring though and would probably be very stressful as a SPR.
Emergency Medicine
Foundation Programme
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
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0.2
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Dangerous staffing levels. Full of locum consultants and registrars. SHO rota is absolutely awful. Staff completely unsupportive. Would not work there again for £1000 per hour.
Emergency Medicine
Foundation Programme
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
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1
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Horrifically managed, poor patient journey, errors rifle
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Foundation Programme
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
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Overall
3.8