Norfolk hospital leads the rest of the East for junior doctor training satisfaction

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at Colney.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at Colney. - Credit: Evening News © 2009

Education chiefs at Norfolk's biggest hospital have received a boost after junior doctors rated it as the best in the East of England for training.

For the second year running, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital was rated highest for overall satisfaction in the region in a national training survey.

Every year, the General Medical Council (GMC) asks every doctor in postgraduate training what they think about the quality of their training. All 364 trainees at the N&N took part in the 2014 National Teaching Survey and scored the hospital highest for overall satisfaction out of the 18 acute trusts in the East of England with a score of 81.96, up on 81.84 last year.

Questions in the survey covered teaching, educational supervision, clinical supervision, inductions, workload, feedback, experience and handovers during shifts.

Richard Smith, consultant obstetrician, and director of medical education at the N&N, said the results of the survey helped local education providers to improve their training procedures.


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'We are delighted to have achieved the highest results for overall satisfaction in the East of England once again. Our teams work incredibly hard to deliver high quality training across a range of departments in the hospital.'

'Junior doctors play an important role in providing frontline care to our patients so we are pleased that these results show that they feel they are receiving excellent training. We always review feedback from our trainees to look for ways to improve the training we offer,' he said.

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To measure overall satisfaction, junior doctors were asked about how they rate the quality of teaching, the clinical supervision they receive, the experience they gain, how they would describe the post to a friend who was thinking of applying for it and how useful the post will be for their future career.

The James Paget University Hospital also experienced an increase in overall satisfaction from 79.59 to 80.79 and was ranked fourth out of 18 in the East of England.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn saw its training satisfaction levels decrease from a score of 78.65 in 2013 to 74.76 in 2014.

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