Hearty endorsement for ABMU junior doctor training at Morriston and Singleton
HOSPITALS in Swansea really do have their finger on the pulse when it comes to training junior doctors.
The medics have voted Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board's cardiology training the best in the UK.
ABMU scored very highly for overall satisfaction, clinical supervision and feedback, and highly for local teaching.
The board was the only centre in the UK to achieve this level of response, giving it first place in the rankings.
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One of the doctors taking part was Morriston Hospital-based Dewi Thomas.
He said: "There is a friendly and supportive atmosphere which is conducive to education, training and personal development. The rota is well organised and offers considerable exposure to procedural training.
"Importantly, also, a team-based system of working has been retained which provides clear mentorship and continuity of care. This definitely enhances job satisfaction."
Another junior doctor, Carey Edwards, has worked with ABMU since moving back home to Wales in 2009 to join the all-Wales cardiology training programme.
Carey said: "The cardiology departments have a progressive environment constantly striving to improve the service that they provide, which actively encourages our development.
"Senior colleagues are supportive, knowledgeable and willing to spend time to nurture our development as cardiologists.
"The regional cardiac centre at Morriston Hospital has provided me with excellent exposure to all major subspecialties within the specialty and an enviable environment in which to learn, as well as opportunity to develop a specialist interest and conduct novel research."
ABMU has nine training posts in Morriston, two in Singleton and a further two at the Princess of Wales in Bridgend.
Trainees learn cutting-edge procedures including primary percutaneous coronary intervention (primary PCI), which is a powerful intervention to save the life of a seriously unwell heart-attack patient.
Consultant cardiologist James Barry said the team was thrilled to have been ranked top for training.
"We perform about 450 primary PCIs a year, making us one of the busiest centres in the UK, and 1,300 PCIs overall.
"This provides a large volume for training. Trainees also gain experience in complex cardiac device implantation and management (150 a year), and cardiac ablation (100 a year) for arrhythmias and complex cardiac imaging.
"In addition to busy outpatients and cardiology-on-call, the trainees are able to learn techniques in a regional centre that they would not be able to outside of it.
"There is also training in a regional inherited cardiac conditions clinic and a pulmonary hypertension clinic."
Medical director Bruce Ferguson added: "Achieving No. 1 ranking is no mean feat. The team is to be congratulated for providing such a positive and forward-looking environment for doctors to learn new skills."