Who runs Junior Reviews?
JuniorReviews is run by junior doctors, for junior doctors.
How does your business work, and how’s it funded?
It’s not a business.
It’s a trainee-led, trainee-designed, and trainee-funded social enterprise – intended only to benefit trainees, and the wider NHS. If it’s successful, we’ll consider hosting advertising on the site, to cover our running costs.
How can I get involved?
We need help to edit listings, review and summarise official reports, and help publicise the site. If you want to get involved, get in touch – we can’t make this work without you.
How do I leave a review?
Once you’ve found the Trust or hospital you want to review, it should be easy: there’s a big blue button marked ‘Leave a review’ at the top and bottom of every listing!
If you can’t find the Trust or hospital you’re looking for, please get in touch with us.
Generally, our site lists Trusts (i.e., Oxford University Hospitals Trust) rather than individual hospitals. This is because GMC report their National Training Survey data in this manner – and also because job applications are generally made on this basis.
We are aware that there are some places where this approach doesn’t work so well, and listings for individual hospitals are preferable. If you think we need to change our listings, then get in touch with us too, and we’ll look into it!
How do the reviews work?
Anyone can rate, review, or compare post-graduate medical training in the UK.
You can choose to leave your name – or review entirely anonymously. We know many junior doctors are afraid of speaking out, openly and honestly, and want to change that.
If your review will help other junior doctors, then we will publish it without hesitation.
What’s the point of writing reviews – will it make any difference?
We can’t pick-and-choose individual Trusts, but we can choose which LETBs we train in, and which we don’t. Your reviews today will help other junior doctors tomorrow – as they decide where to live, work, and train.
We can also ensure that Trusts which provide great training, and really value and support their trainees, are properly recognised and celebrated – wherever they are in the UK.
You can read more about our vision to improve medical education and training, by improving trainee feedback, here.
What should I include in my review?
Anything which other junior doctors would find helpful! We’ve included the following, to get you started:
1.) Your overall score: would you recommend this job?
2.) Teaching and training: supervision, assessments, procedures
3.) Working conditions: rotas, admin, ability to access leave
We’ve written some more comprehensive guidance on writing reviews here.
I don’t agree with your review!
Junior doctor? Leave your own! We know that even small hospitals can vary enormously – some bits are excellent, others less so… We want to hear from you.
Trust or LETB? You are welcome to get in touch with us, or register and respond to posts directly. Email us to find out more.
How do you know that reviews are genuine?
For now, we allow users to post content without supplying their full details. We do ask for an email address however, so we can contact you if we need to (for example, if we need to edit your review, following our moderation process).
If Trusts are concerned that a review may not be genuine, we will contact the reviewer, and ask them to confirm their details. This information will not be shared with anyone, however. If you’d rather not provide this information, that’s fine – but we will need to remove the review from the site.
This approach is intended to encourage junior doctors to raise legitimate issues without fear, while protecting Trusts from any false or malicious content.
What about any unprofessional comments?
We let users rate, review, and compare their training anonymously, pseudonymously, or under their own names. We know that many junior doctors are afraid to speak out – and we all want this to change. If your review will genuinely help other junior doctors, then we will publish it without hesitation.
We won’t publish anything we think is abusive, bullying, inaccurate, or otherwise inappropriate though… Sorry!
Won’t your results be skewed towards negative reviews?
No. Open, transparent, comparative reviews are widely used elsewhere – including on NHS Choices – and most reviews, by most users, are positive. We expect the same thing here. Plus, we think most NHS training is actually very good!
What if the public, media, Trusts, LETBs, or GMC read your reviews?
They probably will. Keep this in mind when you write them.
In particular, our website is intended to let trainees review their training – if you have concerns about patient safety, you need to follow the appropriate professional guidance.
Similarly, you (and we!) are bound by GMC Good Medical Practice – so be mindful of your obligations when it comes to professionalism, confidentiality, and so on…