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Messly Top Picks – Paediatrics Specialty Training

Messly helps doctors and medical students make evidence-based choices about their. Read more about our mission here. In this blog we are finding the top picks for paediatrics specialty training. With applications for ST1 closing on 1st December, now is the time to start thinking about your application.



We’ve used our Training Navigator to pinpoint the best speciality training hospitals for paediatrics in the UK. We’ve used ratings from paediatric trainees taken from the GMC Survey 2016.. Rotations with 5 stars scored in the top 20% of jobs of that speciality and grade. Those in the bottom 20% will receive one star. This gives you an at-a-glance comparison of rotations. You can use it to research rotations before you apply to them, read our guide for how to use the TN for more help.


Our top rated hospitals are listed below.

Top Picks Paediatrics Specialty Training
All data is sourced from the GMC National Training Survey: Messly have devised their 5 star rating by grouping hospitals for each measure in quintiles, based on their ranking for the same programme and training level.

Key takeaways


1) The quality of training is generally high


There were a large number of hospitals with generally high ratings in all categories. Borders General Hospital tops out list, coming 1st for overall satisfaction, clinical supervision and supportive environment. Cumberland is hot on its heels as the only other hospital to also be in the top 10 for every category. Peterborough and Salisbury District Hospitals also have a clean sweep of our ratings. While Peterborough has higher overall satisfaction, Salisbury scores higher for supportive environment and clinical supervision.


2) Some hospitals with the highest overall satisfaction have less manageable workloads


Paediatrics training has traditionally been a specialty with a high workload  and this is confirmed by our ratings. Birmingham Women’s Hospital is in the top 3 for all measures except workload. Royal Sussex is in the top 10 for overall satisfaction, clinical supervision and adequate experience. Trainees clearly found these roles enjoyable and worthwhile, however may have felt that they were too stretched at times hence the lower scores for workload.


3) Read reviews to give you a full picture


Choosing hospitals and specialties is a nuanced decision based on multiple factors. There are a number of hospitals that didn’t make our top ratings but have been reviewed highly by trainees. One such hospital is the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – here’s what one paediatric trainee had to say:

General Paediatrics at RMCH Review

If you want to connect with a doctor or request a review to find out more about a specific rotation get in touch so we can use our network to help you make smarter decisions about your career.

Learn More

  •  Read more about our mission to help doctors make evidence-based career choices.
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