Hundreds of new doctors are starting their careers in Nottingham’s hospitals this week.
Around 500 junior doctors are joining the ranks at Queen’s Medical Centre and at City Hospital to either begin or continue their training.
Dr Tom Livingston, recently appointed as the Chief Registrar for Medicine at QMC, has spent several years working as a junior doctor at NUH and says he understands why so many have chosen the Trust to further their development.
He said: “I think Nottingham has got a really good reputation for training and with it being so large there are lots of opportunities for training and development here.
“I’ve worked here as a junior doctor for several years and the training opportunities are really fantastic. You see a wide variety of things and different patients and conditions coming through the doors – everyone is very supportive.
“The Trust has taken a proactive approach to involve junior doctors and try and address their concerns too. Junior doctors have been meeting with executives and the Chief Executive and the feedback has been really positive. We’ve got a really good junior doctor forum and that’s been a really proactive step. They do feel really looked after and supported at the Trust.”
Eric Morton, NUH Chair, said that junior doctors are an important part of the hospital.
He said: “Their time with us is an important part in their personal and professional development, but also for NUH. Our trainees provide essential skills, expertise and enthusiasm which our hospitals rely on and they are hugely valued members of ‘team NUH.’
“We were pleased that the latest report from the GMC has highlighted that junior doctors feel well-supported at our hospitals and we are proud to have Clare Cooper, our Junior Doctor Liaison Officer (a role we believe is unique in the UK) helping them on a daily basis.
“Over the last few years we have done much work to strengthen how we communicate with and listen to junior doctors. Yet there is always more we can do and this remains an important programme of work in 17/18.
“This year we have introduced new lanyards for our new F1 and F2 doctors so that they are easier to identify (similar to other staff groups). We have also introduced a new forum for our trainees to share their experiences and help us make improvements.”
As well as welcoming new doctors a number have also left as part of their rotation to continue training in other parts of the country.
Adrian Blundell, Director of Postgraduate Medical Education at NUH, said: “I would like to thank all the junior doctors who have rotated away from NUH for their hard work over the last year and reiterate how we are looking forward to working with those starting over the next few weeks to help support them during the next step in their training.”