The training given to doctors working at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been praised by the General Medical Council (GMC) in its regional review of sites across the North East.
The visit to The James Cook University Hospital, which took place in November last year, reviewed undergraduate (Newcastle University Medical students) and postgraduate medical education (trainee doctors), with the specialties of anaesthetics and intensive care medicine reviewed.
Their review confirmed how highly the trust values education of students and doctors in training. They found that ‘all groups that we met with were enthusiastic and positive about their experience at the trust’ and that strong relationships between the trust and Newcastle University Medical School helped to improve the experience of doctors in training.
David Macafee, Director of Medical Education, said; “We are delighted by the GMC’s very positive report. The North East (Health Education England North East and Cumbria) is the best place in the country to train as a doctor, and this report provides additional support to our opinion that South Tees is the top training unit for anaesthetics and intensive care medicine in our region.
“By establishing a ‘base unit’ on Teesside for our southern hospitals, Newcastle University has enabled us to create a fabulous medical student training hub from which we can train and retain so many talented doctors. To create such a training environment has taken decades, and the dedication of so many of our consultants, nursing staff and education teams. We have also received unstinting support from the Trust’s Board as we invest in making our facilities even better.
“We really appreciate the positive feedback given by our students and trainees – they are a highly professional and talented group who dedicate themselves to delivering great care to the people of our area.”
The trust was commended for its ‘effective and robust’ induction processes for doctors in training and medical students, which gives them guidance, as they start their new jobs every four to six months, on how to giving high quality care and how each department works. The contribution of consultants’ support to doctors in training was also recognised, with the induction process rated very highly and found to be comprehensive and robust. Undergraduate teaching in the trust was found to be well structured and supervised, and was highly valued by the students. Professional learning sessions for final year medical students were also highlighted as very effective, with a focus on patient safety and simulated learning.
The trust was praised across seven areas of good practice and there were no areas where the GMC found that their standards were not being met. The single recommendation on improving induction has already been acted upon by the trust.
Professor Colin Melville, the GMC’s Medical Director and Director of Educations and Standards, commenting on visits to trusts across the region, said; “We set high standards for medical education and are pleased to see the importance that is placed on education throughout the region.
“During their visit our team was impressed by the commitment from trusts to provide both educators and learners with a positive educational experience and the support available to achieve this.
‘We were encouraged by the comprehensive inductions at hospitals in Middlesbrough and feel this would benefit other sites in the region.”