Hundreds of junior doctors join Nottingham’s hospitals
They will work at the Queen’s Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital
Around 500 junior doctors have joined Nottingham’s hospitals this week to either begin or continue their training.
The new doctors will work at the Queen’s Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital, which are both part of Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust.
The intake comes just weeks after the General Medical Council (GMC) – an independent regulator of doctors – raised concerns about pressures on junior doctors working at hospitals in Nottinghamshire.
Doctors at NUH told inspectors that, while they felt supported, they “regularly worked longer than they should” and were forced to attend clinics and teaching sessions during “personal holiday time rather than study leave”.
Dr Tom Livingston spent several years working as a junior doctor at NUH and was recently appointed chief registrar of medicine at the QMC.
He believes that the junior doctors have chosen to join the ranks at NUH as a result of the trust’s positive reputation for training.
Dr Livingston 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.”
Eric Morton, chairman of NUH, said that junior doctors are “hugely valued” by the trust.
He said: “Their time with us is an important part of 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 member of ‘team NUH’.
“We are 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.”
As well as welcoming the new doctors, NUH also said goodbye to those who left as part of their rotation to continue their training in other parts of the country.
Adrian Blundell, director of postgraduate medical education at NUH, thanked them for their work with the trust.
He 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.”
Source Nottingham Post