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hi sorry another question about ct applications... was wondering if anyone had any experience about training in KSS or thames valley for anaesthetics. Really don't know how to rank jobs having no experience in either location! any help would be fab thanks!
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hi sorry another question about ct applications... was wondering if anyone had any experience about training in KSS or thames valley for anaesthetics. Really don't know how to rank jobs having no experience in either location! any help would be fab thanks!
I'm a higher trainee in anaesthetics in Thames Valley, what would you like help with?
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I'm a higher trainee in anaesthetics in Thames Valley, what would you like help with?
Ah thanks so much for answering- quite general questions as oriel descriptions are a little vague and would just like a little insight into how a trainee is finding the hospitals! I know training will be good everywhere but would you recommend Thames Valley?

If you are in milton keynes for the first 2 years, is it likely you will continue to work there or are you moved to the oxford hospitals. And if you are in royal berkshire, is that usually through the whole of training- Do you find you are commuting long distance? Do doctors in the area tend to live in oxford?

Thanks so much!
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Ah thanks so much for answering- quite general questions as oriel descriptions are a little vague and would just like a little insight into how a trainee is finding the hospitals! I know training will be good everywhere but would you recommend Thames Valley?

If you are in milton keynes for the first 2 years, is it likely you will continue to work there or are you moved to the oxford hospitals. And if you are in royal berkshire, is that usually through the whole of training- Do you find you are commuting long distance? Do doctors in the area tend to live in oxford?

Thanks so much!
So, I think there will be some changes to where rotations are based due to the upcoming curriculum changes and switch to 3 year core training. Traditionally, trainees did their core training in two different DGHs in the region, with very few core trainees at OUH (and they were mostly based at the Horton in Banbury, not Oxford itself). Now I'm afraid I don't know how it's going to work with the new core programme, but I suspect they will still be rotating at least once during it. Previously core training was mostly in the DGHs, then ST3/6/7 in Oxford, and ST4/5 in two different DGHs. Not sure if they'll have the new CT3s in Oxford or rejig things a bit more?

I did core training in London and moved here for ST3 but I have enjoyed my time here. OUH is big and ST3 in particular was very hard work, but now I'm an ST6 things are a bit better and I'm enjoying the tertiary specialist work. Most of the DGHs in the region have good reputations - I've never worked at Royal Berks but everyone who goes there seems to enjoy it; Bucks is really great for trainees at all levels; and while MK used to be seen as somewhere to avoid (at least partly due to it's relatively distant location within the region) the anaesthetic department there is quite young and dynamic and enthusiastic, and I really enjoyed my ST4 year there.

People live all over - Oxford is obviously relatively popular as it's central, but is VERY expensive (second only to London house prices) especially if you want a family house, and not always convenient if you want to keep a car etc. Lots of people live in Thame or other small towns/villages in the rough triangle between Oxford/Aylesbury/Reading. I actually live in MK and love it for various reasons, but it does mean I have an hour's drive to Oxford each day which I don't like - I'm currently writing this in the staff temporary accommodation where I'm staying between night shifts! It does seem that it's pretty common for you to have at least one longish commute, but it depends how much you are willing to drive vs. ability to move house with each rotation.

Hope that helps!
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