Very large speciality with multiple teams covering the various geographical areas of Southampton and the surrounding countryside. Each team aims to have an F1, SHO, SpR, and consultant. This varies depending on availability and there are definitely occasions where the ward round is SHO-led, but FY1 ward rounds are rare. Generally staff from other teams will cross cover, so an SHO may end up covering two teams if one team is short a registrar and its not the consultant's day to do ward round.
Teaching was weekly, generally pretty well attended, and usually came with free lunch courtesy of pharmaceutical reps.
Rota was pretty chilled, no ward based nights as an FY1 (you did nights on acute), only twilight shifts which were 1600-2400. Weekends were 1 in 4.
Generally well supported although support did depend on which team you were placed in. My own experience was one of very good support, although I had colleagues in different teams who felt very differently.
There are lots of fellow F1s on this placement which helps for support / social aspects of the job, and gives a nice sense of community. Would be quite common to organise socials and drinks after work, either as a large group or within your own teams - all good fun!
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
Southampton General Hospital
This was my first job in FY1 and didn't feel too much like being thrown in at the deep end.
There are a lot of subteams each covering a local area so when patients come in they are usually under the same team/consultant as any previous admission, which helps continuity of care. Also means lots of juniors to help out if needed.
Mostly well supported although on a few occasions had to do a solo ward round as FY1. A lot of the social/discharge stuff was dealt with by specialist practitioners so that was nice.
Rota and workload were OK, virtually never had to stay late, FY1 does not do nights, long days/twilights were good learning opportunities as get to do some actual medicine as opposed to being a ward monkey during a normal day.
Weekly departmental teaching and had the opportunity to do an audit.
My only complaint was that consultant support varies, most are lovely but a few could be a bit more supportive.