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Acute Internal Medicine

The Whittington Hospital
100.0% of trainees would work here again

Ratings

GMC Training Survey 2021
Overall
75.00
Clinical Supervision
93.60
Clinical Supervision OOH
90.50
Workload
46.10
Supportive Environment
65.00
Rota Design
67.80
Adequate Experience
69.40
Educational Supervision
86.50
Local Teaching
47.50
Teamwork
69.90
Educational Governance
63.00
Curriculum Coverage
64.80
Feedback
53.60
Study Leave
54.60
Reporting systems
67.80
Induction
72.60
Handover
62.10
Facilities
53.60
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Overall
4.6
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I really enjoyed my acute med job at the Whitt. They tend to be combined with a medical job so you only get 2 months but it's a good rota, 8am-4pm, SHOs and Reg's work hard to make sure you finish on time, no nights and about 1:6 weekends. It always felt quite well staffed, there's normally quite a few F1s and plentiful SHOs, nurses are really great, and you get quite a lot of take shifts and get good feedback on your management plans. Really supportive Consultants who are keen to teach - for example, they try and have an 11am coffee and hot cases teaching session for 20 minutes each morning, little things like that but they add up. Plus someone would always take your bleep so you could attend teaching. Your typical day would involve a post-take ward round or a solo WR, then ward jobs. Just overall a really friendly and supportive department. On the Whittington generally - it is a lovely and very supportive DGH. But it does have paper notes which I found a real bind, especially when on-call and they can be hard to find. Additionally it uses about 5 different IT systems which can add unnecessary times to ward rounds, otherwise a real gem.
Acute Internal Medicine
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
The Whittington Hospital
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Overall
4.6
Review
As an F1 in acute medicine it was extremely well supported, and I rarely ever had to leave late. The team was huge (there were 6 different consultants when I was there, and it's changing all the time), which meant there was definitely someone you will get along with. Having such a big team was amazing especially in COVID times, as you never felt like you were by yourself. F1s don't do nights, but the SHOs do, and the SHOs rotas are a bit terrible whereby you have to do quite a lot more nights compared to the other medical SHOs (Cardio/geris/resp) - I recalled my F2 suffered from burnout back then although us F1s were having a much better time. You learn a lot under a very supportive environment though! The acute med consultants were all very friendly, and they always ensured we were included in the decision making of the patients during take and post takes. The nurses were amazing (especially the nurses in charge as they're experienced and motivated to carry out their job well). I highly recommend this job as it is very chilled and well supported. Admittedly you will learn less compared to busier DGHs such as North Mid, but at least you will love and enjoy your daily job! And with all the free time you can boost your portfolio by doing audits, QIPs etc.
Acute Internal Medicine
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
The Whittington Hospital
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Overall
4
Review
The Acute Med SHO rota is pretty hard-going, but the department is friendly and supportive which makes up for it. Most people are very nice, although there is definitely a sense (common to many hospitals) of you just being a generic disposable medical SHO (e.g. people not bothering to learn your name as they know you are only there for a few months). Workload overnight is manageable, weekends (particularly ward cover) can feel quite busy, weekday daytime workload is very reasonable with no need to stay late routinely. I didn't hear of any departmental teaching and there was no real encouragement of QI projects/research but this may have been due to chronic understaffing because of Covid.
Acute Internal Medicine
Junior (F1-CT2)
The Whittington Hospital
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