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Top acute in the East for doctors' training

Our Trust has scored top in the East of England for doctors' overall training satisfaction in acute trusts, in the General Medical Council’s (GMC) national training survey 2018.

The GMC asks doctors in training, from foundation doctors to specialists, questions based on a number of criteria, including clinical supervision, educational supervision, induction, teamwork and supportive environment.

The doctors surveyed by the GMC at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) rated their overall satisfaction as 79.41%, with clinical supervision during training scored 89.79%.

The Trust offers resources for learning in the Education Centre, purpose built at the back of the hospital site, to ensure clinical training is available to upskill, train and give staff access to up-to-date research. Staff can put their new skills into action in the Siklos Centre for Clinical Skills and Simulation, where responsive dummies allow for real-life scenario training and practice.

Mr Peter Harris, director of post-graduate medical education and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at WSFT, said: “Our Trust consistently ranks in the top five trusts in the East of England for training, and I’m really glad to see us top this year. It is the culmination of many years’ work, from people across the organisation; from our brilliant clinical and educational supervisors, medical staffing team and education centre staff.

“Being a good place to train is a reflection of being a good place to work. We care about individual development, and in ultimately ensuring our doctors are highly-skilled and in the know about the latest clinical research, our patients will have better care and a better experience.”

Stephen Dunn, chief executive at WSFT, said: “We know that overall staff like working here at WSFT – in the latest NHS staff survey we were rated the top comparable trust in the country by staff as a place to work and receive care. It’s a very good sign that our doctors are also happy with their training at our Trust - we know that our workforce is under pressure across the NHS, so to receive this positive feedback from them about an important aspect of their career is great news. We’re looking at other ways of improving aspects of doctors’ experiences with us, to really make our Trust the place that everyone wants to work.”

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A group of foundation trainee doctors recognised for going the extra mile in our Trust recently.

A group of foundation trainee doctors recognised for going the extra mile in our Trust recently.