This was the worst job I have ever had to this date.
The induction was scant, three power point slides covering the bare basics of presentations. This could be justified if the shop-floor training for trainees was existent.
The rota is awful. Frequently alternating between night and day shifts with only one day's rest. Only one in two weekends off. Lots of complaints about this from those on the SHO rota, but told to suck it up and get on with it essentially. Needless to say, lots of sickness ("D+V") and occupational health involvement involvement among the SHOs.
The consultants are not very supportive and make the job more stressful. There is a culture of harrasment, verbal abuse, bullying (sometimes racial), humiliation and initimadation towards ED SHOs and other specialities. The dept are aware of this as junior doctors and nursing staff have complained about the attitudes of specific consultant's, but nothing changes.
The job itself is very stressful, obsession with the four hour wait target and pressure to just refer to anyone - appropriate or not - to get them out the door and into the wards so they don't breach. Registrar's from other specialities have complained about inappropriate and stealth referrals, but are met with aggression and intimidation by the consultants and are bullies into accepting them.
There is very little training for foundation doctors, there is supposedly weekly teaching but it's often forgotten about and it's far too busy at times for it to run.
The positives are that the nursing staff are friendly and competent.
Avoid in FY1/FY2 if possible.