The Royal Bolton Hospital has scored particularly highly for the effectiveness of its training of foundation doctors.
Out of 21 trusts in the North West and Mersey, Bolton came top for its learning environment; for developing and implementing curricula and assessments; and joint top for educational governance. It was equal second for supporting learners and equal third for supporting educators. The trusts submitted evidence against each of these five themes and the results have been validated by Health Education England North West.
At any one time, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has at least 78 trainee “foundation doctors” who spend the two years after medical school undertaking six four-month placements in a variety of specialties.
Some of their comments about the training they received in Bolton were:
“Excellent placement. Very well supported by seniors. ” (Foundation year one doctor in anaesthetics.)
“Good support and excellent tutorship from the senior medical staff, varied and enjoyable placement.” (Foundation year one doctor in cardiology.)
“Great placement. Supportive environment and excellent training for F1s.” (Foundation year one doctor in emergency medicine.)
“Really enjoyable first job, well supported. Lots of learning opportunities with fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable consultants that are encouraging and great to learn from.” (Foundation year one doctor in gastroenterology.)
“Excellent foundation doctor placement with a supportive medical team who really encourage development as a new doctor. An exemplar placement for F1 doctors in my opinion.” (Foundation year one doctor in psychiatry.)
Dr Mayen Egbe, Consultant Physician and Director of Medical Education at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The training programme we have for junior doctors is something we are really proud of and our consultants are highly committed to it. It means we can recruit the best juniors, and they in turn give high quality care to our patients.”