The latest progress report on the Health Education England (HEE) Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives programme says significant progress has been made to improve the working lives of doctors in training during the past 12 months but adds that there is still much work to be done, both in HEE and across the NHS.
Improvements to the recruitment process, the introduction of more flexible training opportunities and supported return to training reforms are just some of the achievements, highlighted in the 2018 progress report.
Commenting on the report, Professor Wendy Reid, Director of Education and Quality and Medical Director, Health Education England said: “I am delighted with the excellent progress made and outlined in this new report. It is important that we continue to empower doctors in training to voice their concerns regarding their training environment and act on them.
“This report details the significant progress we have made over the last year. However, we are not complacent and recognise that there is still much to be done. This work is a key priority for HEE,” she said.
In the coming year, HEE has committed to addressing the provision of educational and clinical supervision, empowering doctors to ensure they have time for both clinical work and educational opportunities, the provision of pastoral support or mentorship and guidance on safe reflective practice.
The Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives programme was established in March 2016 to address issues that were highlighted through discussion with the British Medical Association (BMA) Junior Doctors’ Committee and NHS Employers, in parallel to the junior doctors’ contract negotiations in 2015 and 2016.