Foundation Doctor’s Guide to Oxford

Oxford Foundation School stretches from Reading in the south, towards Oxford in the north and Milton Keynes in the west. There’s a mix of local district hospitals, including the Royal Berkshire in Reading (the largest district hospital in the UK) and teaching hospitals, such as the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford (a leading centre in medical research).

Messly wants to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers. We’ve put together a short guide to the Oxford Foundation School to help you rank your rotation programmes. Below is a snapshot of hospital ratings and reviews from the Messly community of doctors together with information about the geography of the region. Sign up to Messly to learn more – we’ve got over 40,000 junior doctor ratings for you to explore.




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A Doctor’s View

I picked the deanery as it’s a good location in the country with a high satisfaction rate. Oxfordshire also has great training opportunities.

All areas of Oxfordshire are lovely places to live in and I’ve heard from colleagues that the level of training is good in all of the regions.

There are good social activities available especially being in the south, and it’s easy to go to major cities nearby e.g. Cambridge, London. There is plenty of transport available at reasonable prices.

At Milton Keynes hospital, there is a lot of support from the seniors and fellow FY1s, especially on medicine. They are very willing to listen to your feedback.

Lorna Luo, Foundation Year 1 Doctors, Milton Keynes Hospital



Quick Reviews


  • Workload manageable, particularly on weekdays, slightly busier at weekends. Good senior support at all times with resident consultants overnight.
  • Rota is very changeable with lots of on call shifts and nights.
Top tips

This is a good opportunity to do any revision or a QIP that is required as the workload allows a bit of an extra time.

Foundation Year 1, Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Royal Berkshire Hospital


  • Major trauma centre with strong academic focus. If you have completed ATLS then a good opportunity to practice primary surveys with excellent supervision.
  • Very busy. Entirely ward-based. Float days rarely utilised due to short staffing on the wards.
Top tips

Work with colleagues to facilitate proper use of float days for clinics and theatre time.

Foundation Year 1, Vascular Surgery  – John Radcliffe Hospital


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