Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Location, location, location vital in choosing consultant position – By Mike Broad

Location is the leading consideration for specialist registrars when considering a consultant post, according to the latest census of physicians in the UK. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) research suggests STs value where they work over all other factors when considering a consultant post, most wanting to stay close to where they have been training. Location trumps the opportunity for part time working, on call responsibilities and the amount of generalist or specialist work undertaken. The annual census, which measures the number of consultants in all medical specialties, shows strong geographical variations when it comes to recruiting to posts. For example, the North West and Yorkshire & Humber regions saw the greatest difficulty in recruiting to posts – whereas London and the Thames Valley regions saw the greatest number of appointments made, due to having a higher number of training posts.

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