This information was provided by:
Mr Andrew Robertson
1. Who is the training programme director?
Mr Michael Hockings
2. Please list all of the hospitals in your deanery.
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple
Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treslike
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter
Torbay Hospital, Torquay
3. Where do trainees generally live?
“A variety of locations. Exeter, Torquay, Newton Abbot, Plymouth - these locations make commuting to Torbay, RD+E and Derriford manageable. When working at North Devon or Royal Cornwall, trainees tend to live nearby in Truro for Cornwall, and Barnstaple area for North Devon.”
4. How easy is it to commute to different sites, and is there car parking available?
5. How are rotations are allocated?
“Rotations are usually planned 2-3 years in advance. On the most part, rotations are allocated, but as you get more senior and certain hospitals offer better experience in certain subspecialty practice for individual trainees, there is potential for giving a preference.”
6. Is there a trauma focussed ST3 year?
7. Does the deanery offer an ST3 bootcamp or equivalent induction?
8. Is there an arthroplasty focussed ST4 year?
9. Is there a post-exam dedicated teaching program (i.e. preparation for consultant)?
10. How often is deanery teaching?
11. Where is deanery teaching held?
Rotating peripheral locations
12. Is there an annual meeting?
13. Are there associated registrar presentations and prizes?
14. Is there an established research infrastructure for trainees?
15. What is the affiliated medical school?
University of Exeter and University of Plymouth
16. What was the overall FRCS pass rate in your deanery in the last 3 years (including both parts and all attempts)?
17. Can you name any FRCS Gold Medal Winners from your deanery?
Nicola Fine (2018)
18. Are there any other interesting or important facts to mention?
"Great location for water/sea sports. Nearby to Dartmoor for other outdoor pursuits. Fantastic area for cycling, sailing, surfing etc. There are lots of opportunities to be involved in research projects with our research collaborative (SWORD). The fortnightly teaching is excellent and, certainly pre-COVID, offered the opportunity to examine patients and discuss cases relevant to the FRCS exam."
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all sites most sites in some sites at all
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CLINICAL TRIALS UNIT
NIHR ACADEMIC CLINICAL FELLOWSHIP
REGULAR RESEARCH MEETINGS