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This information was provided by:

Anonymous trainee

1. Who is the training programme director?

Mr Khitish Mohanty

2. Please list all of the hospitals in your deanery.

North Wales:

Glan Clwyd Hospital

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt

Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry

Wrexham Maelor Hospital

Ysbyty Gwynedd

South Wales:

Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen

Morriston Hospital, Swansea

Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny

Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil

Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend

Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Pontyclun

Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

The Grange University Hospital, Cwmbran

University Hospital Llandough, Penarth

University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

3. Where do trainees generally live? 

 

"Trainees generally live in: Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend and Swansea. Those temporarily posted to North Wales will live in either hospital accommodation or in the surrounding towns."

4. How easy is it to commute to different sites, and is there car parking available?

 

 

5. How are rotations are allocated?

"At present are allocated at the time of appointment for 4 years. However, these can be subject to change according to training needs and are tailored towards sub-specialty interest after FRCS." 

 

6. Is there a trauma focussed ST3 year?

 

" There is no trauma focussed ST3 year – However, all ST3 rotations have the opportunity for trauma lists throughout the year."

7. Does the deanery offer an ST3 bootcamp or equivalent induction?

 

"Currently a thorough induction is offered. However, there are plans for a bootcamp next year."

 

8. Is there an arthroplasty focussed ST4 year?

"An arthroplasty rotation is normally included as part of ST3/ST4."

 

9. Is there a post-exam dedicated teaching program (i.e. preparation for consultant)?

No

 

10. How often is deanery teaching?

 

Weekly

 

11. Where is deanery teaching held?

 

"Wales South: In University Hospital Llandough normally; Wales North: In Oswestry normally. Currently All Wales teaching is via Zoom."

 

12. Is there an annual meeting?

 

Yes

 

13. Are there associated registrar presentations and prizes?

 

Yes

 

 

14. Is there an established research infrastructure for trainees?

 

 

 

15. What is the affiliated medical school?

 

Cardiff Medical School and Swansea Medical School

16. What was the overall FRCS pass rate in your deanery in the last 3 years (including both parts and all attempts)?

 

95%

 

17. Can you name any FRCS Gold Medal Winners from your deanery?

 

N/A

 

 

18. Are there any other interesting or important facts about your deanery that you think should be mentioned?

 

"The Wales Deanery has always had a strong family ethos. It boasts a diverse group of trainees from various backgrounds who work together as a cohesive team. Our trainees are active in various aspects of training with three Welsh trainees currently serving as representatives on the BOTA committee.

 

In 2018, the Welsh Government established Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) with the aim of creating a consistent approach to education and training. The deanery is committed to supporting trainees and is in the process of implementing a Single Lead Employer (SLE) arrangement whereby all trainees in Wales will have one employer for the entirety of the training. This will address the usual problems with annual pre-employment checks, make it easier to obtain mortgages and allow trainees to take advantage of NHS schemes that are normally reserved for permanent staff.

 

The Wales Deanery has always focused on trainee wellbeing and organises several events throughout the year including a yearly mock FRCS viva for ST4+ trainees, yearly golf and go karting competitions and a ‘registrar day’ meal and social following the academic day. Wales offers a great opportunity for trainees to maintain a good work/ life balance with access to affordable housing, excellent schools, vibrant city life, stunning scenery and a variety of outdoor activities from the beaches to the mountains!"

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