We want our reviews to be as useful as possible – both for junior doctors, but also for organisations that want to improve their training.
With that in mind, when leaving a review, you should consider:
What do you wish you’d known, before you started your job? Would you recommend it to others?
You should also consider how, if at all, your training could be better.
We provide two different ways of providing feedback: numerical ratings, and freetext reviews.
Our numerical ratings cover the following areas, which we think are essential. These ratings count towards the rankings of individual Trusts and LETBs.
- Your overall score: would you recommend this job? This is intended to capture your overall impression of a post.
- Teaching and training: covering supervision, assessments, procedures, and so on. This is intended to reflect the training element of your job.
- Working conditions: covering rotas, admin, ability to access leave, and so on. This is intended to reflect the other aspects of your job, aside from training.
Our freetext reviews let you provide any other comments – whatever you think matters most to trainees, in your speciality, at your grade. These comments are searchable, and indexed by our site.
We know that everyone has a different idea about what constitutes great training. With that in mind, we’d encourage you to provide as much detail as possible in your comments, so other junior doctors can make better decisions about where they train.
We use the following as a rough guide to help us award numerical ratings – it might help you too!
- A five-star hospital, training programme, or LETB is one you’d enthusiastically encourage others to work and train in: supportive staff; good experience and exposure to the right kind of presentations, procedures, or clinics; high-quality teaching and training – and no problems with rotas or leave.
- A three-star hospital, training programme, or LETB is one you wouldn’t mind returning to, but wouldn’t necessarily encourage others to work and train in. Most staff are supportive; there is reasonable experience and exposure; teaching and training is OK. Rotas and leave are do-able, but not great.
- A one-star hospital, training programme, or LETB is one you’d actively avoid, and dissuade others from working or training in. There may be issues with supervision. Service totally dominates training. Rotas are awful; there are significant problems accessing leave.
Help organisations improve!
Beyond helping other junior doctors find great training though, your freetext comments are also an opportunity to provide feedback to organisations who want to improve their training.
What could Trusts or LETBs do better? If you’ve identified a problem with your training, is there a solution?