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What our trainee say


Albert Lim, foundation trainee

I’ve just completed my first year of foundation training working on general medicine, diabetes, orthopaedic and ENT wards. My experience has shown me that the Northern Deanery ( As of 1/4/2013 known as Health Education North East ) is committed to providing the best experience for its foundation programme trainees.

I love to learn from the best and I have had the chance to be involved in complex referrals from other district hospitals and to learn from leading medical experts. To have the opportunity to work alongside some of the most well known consultants in the UK at the Northern Deanery is simply amazing.

I found it exciting (yet scary!) starting work as a foundation trainee, but all the staff I have worked with have been very helpful and supportive. Hospitals in the Northern Deanery have very close links with Newcastle University. Many clinicians are lecturers in the university themselves and are at the forefront of the latest research projects.

The library, biochemistry laboratory and clinical skills practice areas we share with the university give us an excellent foundation to pursue our individual interests.

After graduating from medical school, I wasn’t sure about my career in terms of specialty training. However, the Northern Deanery careers advice service has organised regular seminars to provide helpful information for trainees to decide on their specialty application.

The one-to-one career management sessions and ongoing professional support and advice have been invaluable to me and my colleagues in deciding about our futures.

I love living here because of the people! Everyone here has been very friendly and easy going. When I am not working, I love exploring the countryside and go for walks in the beautiful Lake District and, of course, Newcastle is also very famous for its legendary night life…

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