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Ratings

GMC Training Survey 2021
Overall
82.50
Clinical Supervision
94.20
Clinical Supervision OOH
90.60
Workload
54.90
Supportive Environment
75.00
Rota Design
72.00
Adequate Experience
79.20
Educational Supervision
87.50
Local Teaching
67.80
Teamwork
68.10
Educational Governance
73.60
Curriculum Coverage
70.80
Feedback
58.30
Study Leave
68.30
Reporting systems
72.00
Induction
62.50
Handover
69.80
Facilities
58.30
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Overall
3.6
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This rotation covered general surgery, urology and plastics. Although a little overwhelming at first, once settled it was generally a good rota - although at times not particularly well staffed. Senior staff largely very supportive and friendly, as were the nurses. The wards were covered by the FY1s (there aren't any ward-based SHOs) and so could be a little difficult in tricky situations if the surgical reg was busy but the med reg/CCOT were great. Registrars were all happy to teach and there were good opportunities for QI/audits. General surgery on-calls offered good opportunities for learning and developing clinical independence - we would accept referrals, clerk the patient and organise any necessary preliminary investigations before presenting to the registrar. Urology, again, largely a very supportive team (although there isn't an SHO and can be a little difficult with sick patients OOH as the registrars do non-resident on-calls), most of them were happy to be messaged/called in the middle of the night for advice) and on quiet nights there were opportunities to go to theatre. Plastics perhaps not as enjoyable - we only spent one week covering plastics (cross-covering urology during this week too). Stoke Mandeville is a regional Burns Unit and yet I did not learn anything about managing burns (or even common plastics injuries!) - it was all very administrative. Jobs handed over would involve writing complex discharge letters for patients who had had multiple procedures you don't understand, or long discussions with microbiology discussing patients you'd never met. The jobs were very tedious and, when you inevitably got told off by another specialty for not knowing much about the patient, a little upsetting at times.
General Surgery
Foundation Programme
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
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Overall
4
Review
-Supportive consultants, registrars and CSTs. Often proactively teach. -Lovely "family" vibe as spending anywhere between 3-6 months with the same team. -Lots of experienced & trustworthy nursing staff equipped with practical skills and widespread surgical knowledge. -Variable staffing; sometimes overstaffed, sometimes understaffed -Rota coordination is consistently a nightmare, with serial coordinators leaving the role - planning and applying for leave early is an absolute must... which can be difficult if your rota hasn't been written. -Nights generally not overwhelming. If the SpR & RMO (locum SHO-grade) are scrubbed overnight, you'll be taking the referrals from ED; if you need advice, absolutely no one has a problem with you going to theatre to talk to them (just remember to change into crocs/hat to keep the theatre staff on side) -Very good variety of work for building generalised surgical experience (inc. surgical take, gen surg, urology, plastics, (to a lesser extent) breast, & elective/day surgery ward cover. Only lacking T&O.
General Surgery
Foundation Programme
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
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