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Northwick Park Hospital

Watford Road, Harrow, HA1 3UJ
61.5% of trainees would work here again

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GMC Training Survey 2021
Overall
78.30
Clinical Supervision
89.50
Clinical Supervision OOH
86.70
Workload
46.10
Supportive Environment
68.30
Rota Design
69.60
Adequate Experience
79.10
Educational Supervision
84.10
Local Teaching
61.70
Teamwork
70.50
Educational Governance
70.70
Curriculum Coverage
77.90
Feedback
69.40
Study Leave
59.40
Reporting systems
69.60
Induction
73.50
Handover
58.50
Facilities
69.40
Reviews (13)
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Overall
3.8
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Generally enjoyable job. Lots of complex gastro patients, some linked to St Mark's, and generally consultants were kind and supportive. Not much general gastro teaching meant most learning was gained from observation of seniors. Did not get as much experience with practical procedures as I may have wanted, if I were to do it again I would ask for this earlier. Lots of pressure on the F1/F2s for for TTAs/discharge summaries. Notorious as one of the more busy medical jobs at Northwick and a bit of a shock to the system on starting but once you get the hang of all the investigations/pathways etc necessary it becomes easier. Used to be the case that you covered medical outliers on one of the surgical wards which was stressful, not sure if this is still the case any more. Northwick itself has an excellent medical education department. Not uncommon to stay late but seniors were very encouraging of exception reporting to their credit.
Gastroenterology
Junior (F1-CT2)
Northwick Park Hospital
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1.8
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Has a reputation for having the busiest and most varied acute take in the deanery colloquially known as the triple 6 job, you spend 6 weeks on take day in, day out, 6 weeks on AMU, 6 weeks on the stroke unit. Thankfully there is a large take team in hours and a dedicated take registrar at all times separate from the ward registrar out of hours, makes a huge difference when the workload starts increasing and your take registrar isn't busy fighting fires in the hospital Throughout the day there are 2-3 consultants on take and they are generally very approachable and will take the time to teach There are a few characters with a reputation that precedes them, you will quickly be made aware of who they are and how to handle them, the job would be better if these people demonstrated some humility but the demands of the NHS are such that medical consultants willing to staff busy acute takes are a dime-a-dozen and as such, they wont be going anywhere On-calls on this job are one evening a week and one weekend in five on the stroke unit, which at present is the most demanding and stressful job in the hospital in a department with some unfortunately very difficult personalities and as such makes the job hard to recommend.
Acute Internal Medicine
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
Northwick Park Hospital
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4.4
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Lovely F1 job especially for those interested in paediatrics. Consultants were all kind, two daily consultant ward rounds, and some in particular were real gems who would mentor you if interested in paediatrics. Varied patient demographics in the area meant you sometimes would see rare cases and often were liaising with tertiary hospitals about complex patients, great for learning. The long term senior nurses on the ward were real gems. A&E shifts were at times extremely busy and overwhelming especially as one of the most junior team members but I never felt under pressure from seniors. Almost daily teaching/MDTs etc so lots of learning opportunities. Certainly one of the best jobs for F1s in Northwick. Also got some experience of community/neonates
Paediatrics
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
Northwick Park Hospital
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3
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What appears at first to be a cushy 100% teaching fellow job quickly becomes a full-time with 'on call' (see below) as seniors will dump any and all responsibilities onto the juniors (if you give them an inch, etc). Well-coordinated department and mostly friendly and supportive but unfortunately incredibly toxic head of department where everyone is afraid to call them out on it. When bullying / undermining behaviour starts at the top there is not much to be done other than suck it up and move on once contract is up.
Medical Education
Junior Clinical Fellow
Northwick Park Hospital
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1
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Toxic department, one of the consultants frequently demonstrated bullying/undermining behaviour and extreme micro-managing and a lack of insight into this Not addressed by other senior team members despite being raised on numerous occasions A shame because the potential is there to forge outstanding working relationships in a high turnover unit with innumerable opportunities to manage acutely unwell patients many issues with middle grade supervision due to the demands of unit being a HASU and middle grades being required to attend stroke calls, leaving a single F1 responsible for all patients at weekends Handovers done on a word document, disaster waiting to happen if the document is lost or if there is an emergency and time critical handovers on the word doc are not verbally handed over
Stroke Medicine
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
Northwick Park Hospital
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3.8
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Very friendly and supportive environment- lots of senior support with consultants very involved in patient care. Normally leave on time, manageable workload and good staffing. You are part of the acute rota on most wards so do 3 weekends in 4 months and a block of long days about every 2-3 weeks.
Geriatric Medicine
Foundation Programme
Northwick Park Hospital
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0.8
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Awful. Pure service provision, almost no learning opportunities, and always unable to attend weekly foundation teaching. Understaffed junior-wise. Multiple consultants, while perfectly nice as individuals, don’t show up for ward round/show up only mid afternoon for a full re-round, leaving the reg to round everyone. This means ward round frequently ends at the earliest 2pm, and not too uncommonly, even 4-5pm. Many juniors frequently leave late due to inadequate time to complete urgent jobs because of late ward rounds. There is also a culture of discouraging exception reporting from certain consultants, which was fortunately fixed as I hear now exception reports go directly to the guardian of safe working.
Cardiology
Foundation Programme
Northwick Park Hospital
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5
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Excellent! Loved it and would definitely recommend. Protected theatre time for F1s, plenty of other opportunities to go to theatre as well if desired. Extremely friendly and supportive department. Valued the learning of trainees. The workload can at times be heavy, which teaches good time management and prioritization skills. Juniors were always well supported.
General Surgery
Foundation Programme
Northwick Park Hospital
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3.8
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a great job for foundation doctors the job has 2 main parts - acute/take and chronic (patients who have been in >4 days and post-taked) chronic is very boring and has very few surgical problems, and is mostly varying levels of geriatric postop patients have prolonged complex postoperative courses; the registrar frequently changes making longer-term planning and registrar-level knowledge of the patients poor; additionally this side of the team can become very busy with 40+ patients, but the job is generally well staffed and you are encouraged to identify critical jobs at a PM handover which you can then hand over later if required acute is very good - well supported with seniors but everyone (regs, consultants) is keen to support you in developing your confidence and interest in clerkings/examination/plans; additionally, there is a lot of scope to go to theatre and develop your skills - I went very often and got a ton of logbook cases done (and I'm not even that interested in surgery) there is also 2 weeks covering the post-anaesthetic care unit; this is ridiculously chilled and also quite interesting - can get a lot of teaching from anaes/itu consultants on whatever topics you want overall i would definitely recommend - has been a highlight of northwick nb not much departmental teaching but lots of scope for audit/qi/reseach if you're keen
General Surgery
Junior (F1-CT2)
Northwick Park Hospital
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Overall
2.8
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the job involves (currently) covering half the covid ward and some non-covid outliers the covid ward is obviously very boring and educationally poor the outliers are various flavours of general medicine with very little rheumatology (occasional acute joint) the consultants on the whole are keen to teach and friendly, and they and the senior registrars are very supportive and easy to escalate to try and make time to go to injection clinics etc if you can overall a decent job - well staffed, well supported - but not that interesting medically unfortunately at this moment in time
Rheumatology
Junior (F1-CT2)
Northwick Park Hospital
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3.8
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Great training job for Paediatric Trainees of all levels. Lots of pathology and chance to manage sick patients. Excellent support in and out of hours from consultants. SpR rota is good if all slots filled, can be more difficult if there are rota gaps. Consultants all very keen on QI/audit so its easy to pick up a project when you start.
Paediatrics
Paediatrics
Northwick Park Hospital
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Overall
0.2