The outstanding education and training facilities at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) have been praised by medical students, with increasing demand for placements at the Trust and high levels of satisfaction from students who spend time at Rotherham.
The Trust has been highly praised by medical students in all years of the undergraduate course at the University of Sheffield Medical School.
The positive feedback from the students comes shortly after doctors in training also praised the quality of the training they receive at the hospital.
Each year, around 100 medical students at different stages of the five-year medical degree course at Sheffield successfully apply for clinical placements with TRFT in the Trust’s hospital and community services.
They are then asked by their medical school to provide feedback on the placement, covering a variety of topics including facilities, teaching, learning environment and support, assessment and organisation.
Feedback from students undertaking their attachments at Rotherham over the most recent academic year shows high levels of satisfaction with an average overall rating of 8.75 out of 10.
Dr Alison Cooper, a Consultant Anaesthetist based at Rotherham Hospital who is also the Trust’s Director of Medical Education explains: “Students studying at Sheffield have a choice of local hospitals for their clinical training and it is very encouraging that so many of them are choosing us, and then saying they want to come back for future placements.
“We are an integrated trust which means that as well as offering students an opportunity to spend time with hospital based services they can also gain experience of our community based services as well. We have had particularly good feedback from students about the time they spend at Breathing Space, our innovative service for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other respiratory conditions.
“The high levels of satisfaction are a reflection of the excellent education and training facilities we have here but even more importantly the quality and the commitment of the people who teach the students while they are here – not just doctors but also nurses, midwives and other health care professionals.
“If the students have a positive experience of being taught here, it will help us to encourage the brightest and best to choose to work here as well.”
The Trust was also recently highlighted as one of the best in the country for training Foundation 2 doctors in a national survey carried out by the General Medical Council. When a medical student graduates they start work in a 2 year programme called the Foundation Programme. The first year they are called Foundation year 1 doctors or F1 for short, the second year Foundation year 2 or F2 for short. If they successfully pass the 2 year programme they can then apply for specialty training.
Dr Cooper adds: “All our colleagues at Rotherham involved in training and education are committed to providing excellent training and inspirational leadership. The praise from the students, and from our junior doctors, is proof that their efforts are paying off.”
Pictured are some of our F1 leavers with the Post Graduate Medical Education Team (July 2015).