Which Foundation school works its trainees the hardest?
In this article, we’ll break down the data from Messly’s Training Navigator to answer the question: Which Foundation school works its trainees the hardest?
Below you'll find a chart showing each Foundation School with a score out of 100. This score represents an average Workload Score from the Training Navigator. The higher the score, the more satisfied the Foundation Trainees were with the workload at their Foundation School. See the Methodology below for more details.
What is the Training Navigator?
Rank your Foundation Programme rotations with confidence with Messly’s Training Navigator. See how rotations are rated by last year’s foundation trainees to make smarter decisions about where you’ll spend your Foundation Training.
You can use it to answer questions like:
👉 Which are the best-rated and worst-rated rotations in my Foundation School?
👉 How do the rotations compare for Workload, Learning and Satisfaction?
👉 Which is the best hospital for my favourite specialties?
👉 Within a hospital, which rotations are best-rated?
We’ve broken down the average Workload Scores for each Foundation School, from our Training Navigator, so that you can easily see which have the most and least manageable workloads on average.
😃 Which Foundation School have the most manageable workload?
The Foundation Schools rated by Trainees as having the most manageable workloads are LNR, Severn, South Yorkshire and Northern with scores of 59, 58, 57 and 57 respectively. Severn also scores quite high when it comes to Foundation Schools with the happiest Trainees, and you can read more about this here.
These 3 scores are between 7.3% to 11% higher than the national average Workload Score of 54 in 2021.
😡 Which Foundation School works its trainees the hardest?
The 3 Foundation Schools with the least manageable workload in 2021 were: Wessex, Northern Ireland and Wales with scores of 48, 48 and 49 respectively. With the exception of Northern Ireland, these Foundation Schools also feature close to the bottom of our scoring for Foundation Schools with the happiest Trainees.
These 3 are between 8.9% to 10.8% lower than the National Average.
In addition to looking between Foundation Schools, there are also strong correlations in Foundation Trainee workload and overall satisfaction between specialties. Check out: Which Foundation Training specialties work you the hardest? and Which specialty has the happiest Foundation Trainees?
Data and Methodology
The above data is based on an analysis of Workload Scores from the Training Navigator.
Workload Scores are calculated based on the feedback provided by trainees when asked about their workload and teamwork in the survey.
Only specialties that featured more than 12 rotations in the Training Navigator in 2021 were included in this analysis. Additionally, for a rotation to count and be included in our Training Navigator, they must have a minimum of 3 trainees who completed the GMC’s 2021 NTS.
The Training Navigator also provides a Learning Score (based on experience, clinical supervision, curriculum coverage and others) and a Satisfaction Score (based on overall satisfaction and support) for each rotation, plus and Overall Score that combines all of the above. Check out our Training Navigator to see review these in detail.
To learn more about our Training Navigator’s methodology, check out this link.
Here are some links that you might find useful for your UKFP application and preferencing your Foundation Programmes and Rotations.
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