Table 1

Interview themes and numbers of occurrences in the text

Positive 
 Communication37
 Leadership skills35
 Patient management32
 Team working25
 Organisational skills23
 Time management and prioritisation22
 Punctuality18
 Teaching11
 Preparation10
 Enthusiasm4
Negative 
 Difficulties23
 Knowing the patients21
 Bedside manners and respect17
  • All of the negative ideas in the text could be refitted into the 10 positive domains. For example, negative aspects were about what made a poor ward round and were the converse of what makes a good one.