Chelsea Carr

Foundation Trainee

South Tees NHS Foundation Trust

I would 100% recommend the North East for training. I have loved every placement I’ve had here. The training is brilliant, the people are friendly and area is great to live in. 

Chealsea worked as a letting agent before winning a scholarship for the foundation to medicine degree. She did her first two years at Durham University and then joined the Newcastle cohort in her third year. She then went on to comlete an eight week placement in A&E at James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough. 

 

What made you choose to train in the North East?

II love living here. I am originally from Middlesbrough and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. There are some absolutely beautiful areas that are only a stones-throw away. The North East is much cheaper than other areas of the UK too, which is always helpful. 

 

What have you gained from your training here?

South Tees is affiliated with Newcastle University so they are used to dealing with medical students and trainees and there is always somebody on hand to look after you. The consultants and registrars have been a fantastic at helping me with my portfolio..

 

What are the best things about living in this part of the world?

There are so many nice places to visit in the North East– the Yorkshire moors, Whitby and Durham are all only a short drive away. I am able to have quality time with my family too,, which is really important to me.

What would you say to anyone considering training in the region?

II would 100% recommend the North East for training to all of my colleagues. I have loved every placement I’ve had here. The training is brilliant, the people are friendly and area is great to live in. 

 

What are your top three tips for getting the most out of your training in the region?

  1. Explore the surrounding areas – Whitby, Scarborough, Saltburn.

  2. Buy a house – so much more for your money.​

  3. Make Friends – the northerners are so friendly!

Describe the region in one word or phrase:

Vibrant and diverse

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