Foundation Doctor’s Guide to West Yorkshire

The West Yorkshire region of Yorkshire and Humber Foundation School is made up of hospitals in and around Leeds, Bradford & Huddersfield, with Leeds being the largest city. St James’s University Hospital in Leeds is the largest of the hospitals in the region, a teaching hospital with a Cystic Fibrosis unit and a liver transplant unit. Other tertiary hospitals in the region are Leeds General Infirmary & Bradford Royal Infirmary. Leeds itself is served by four universities and is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the area, leading to a melting pot of cultures with a great going-out scene.

Yorkshire & Humber, one of the larger Foundation Schools, has 3 regions, North Yorkshire & East Coast, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. Once accepted into the Yorkshire & Humber Foundation School, you have to then rank your regions in order of preference. Then you’re allocated your region (e.g. West Yorkshire) for the 2 years for which you have to decide on your rotations.

Messly wants to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers. We’ve put together a short guide to the Yorkshire and the Humber 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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Quick Reviews

  • Good supervision on the anaesthetic days, spent time with critical care outreach (still well supported) and acute pain team.
  • Be aware that it is advertised as anaesthetics and ITU but it is anaesthetics and urology on call! About 50:50, no ITU at all!
Top tips

The two areas balance out well but the urology days can be quite stressful and feel fairly unsupported.

Foundation Year 1, Anaesthetics – St James’s University Hospital


  • Friendly team, keen to teach, work on the CAT (admissions) unit was great, get to do procedures, no nights/weekends.
  • No on call experience, very busy.
Top tips

The rotation is split into 2 s month placement (combination of general paeds, gastro paeds, or paeds surgery) – some combinations are better than others.

Foundation Year 1, Paediatrics – Leeds General Infirmary

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