Foundation Doctor’s Guide to Trent

Trent Foundation School is located in the East Midlands and covers the areas of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the majority of Lincolnshire. All of the placements are 2-year linked programmes, giving you the stability of knowing where you will be living and working for the two years. The programmes are organised geographically so that you’ll be based either in the east or west of the deanery for the duration of your training, which ensures that your commute will never be too long and provides the benefit of not needing to move home. Most programmes include one year in a larger city-based teaching hospital, and the other year in a smaller DGH, which provides a varied clinical experience.

Being situated in the middle of the country means that Trent is in easy reach of all major UK cities. The university cities of Nottingham, Derby and Lincoln have a good mix of night-life and culture, and for those who love the outdoors, the Peak District, Sherwood Forest and the Lincolnshire coastline are all nearby.

Messly wants to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers. We’ve put together a short guide to the Trent 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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The tertiary hospitals in the area are Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – City Campus (the cancer, cardiac & stroke specialist unit) and Nottingham University NHS Trust – Queen’s Medical Centre (the regional major trauma centre).

Quick Reviews


  • Well supported and varied with ward time And theatre time. Medical staffing are very helpful and all staff are generally helpful and nice.
  • Sometimes 2 weeks of theatre can get a bit tiring (you’re usually first assist for c sections or 2nd/3rd assist for Gynaecology).
Top tips

Say yes to everything you’re offered and use less busy periods to explore other parts of the department.

Foundation Year 1, Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Royal Derby Hospital


  • Hands on experience, reasonably well supported.
  • Very busy at times, rota coordinator was often MIA.
Top tips

Being organised in advance, sharing workload.

Foundation Year 1, Acute Internal Medicine – Nottingham University Hospital


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