Supporting organisations engaging with locums and doctors in short-term placements: A practical guide for healthcare providers, locum agencies and revalidation management services

NHS England, October 2018

This guidance is for any individual or organisation engaging with locum and short-term placement doctors, who often do not have easy access to to systems or structures in place to support their CPD, appraisal, revalidation and governance. This guidance highlights ways they may be supported to provide safe provision of healthcare as a valuable part of the workforce.

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Supporting locums and doctors in short-term placements: A practical guide for doctors in these roles

NHS England, October 2018

This guidance is for locum and short-term placement doctors, who often do not have easy access to systems or structures in place to support their CPD, appraisal, revalidation and governance. This guidance highlights ways they may be supported to provide safe provision of healthcare as a valuable part of the workforce.

Click here to view the full report.

What could make a difference to the mental health of UK doctors?: A review of the research evidence –

Society of Occupational Medicine, October 2018

Report that finds the incidence of mental health problems among doctors is increasing alongside the growing demands and diminishing resources experienced in the healthcare sector. GPs, trainee and junior doctors appear to be particularly vulnerable, experiencing distress and burnout early in their career.  The stigma associated with disclosing mental health problems and ‘a failure to cope’ revealed in the report mean that many doctors are reluctant to seek help as they fear sanctions and even job loss.

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NHS reality check: Update 2018

Royal College of Physicians, March 2018

Report on a repeat of last years NHS reality check survey which finds doctors struggling against rising demand, the impact of an ageing population with increasingly complex medical needs, and the difficulties of maintaining morale when the NHS is underfunded, under-doctored and overstretched.

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Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information

General Medical Council, January 2017

Following consultation, this guidance on confidentiality for doctors has been revised and updated. While the principles of the current guidance remain unchanged, it now clarifies various issues including the public protection responsibilities of doctors and the importance of sharing information for direct care. It also includes a decision-making flowchart and explanatory notes to show how the new guidance applies to situations doctors may encounter and find hard to deal with, such as reporting gunshot and knife wounds or disclosing information about serious communicable diseases.

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Medical professionalism matters report

General Medical Council, December 2016

This report is the culmination of 18 months of events and conversations with the medical profession, from GPs, consultants and trainees who work on the ground, to royal colleges, training providers and employers.

As is widely acknowledged many doctors feel the current environment is the most challenging of their careers, as the pressures of day-to-day practice rise with the often conflicting demands of doctors’ employers and the patients they care for.

Among the most frequently raised issues during the seven UK-wide events were the lack of time and support to make a reality of reflective practice – at every stage of a doctor’s career. Doctors also cited problems around professional isolation, fragmentation of care for patients and poor communication.

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Underfunded, underdoctored, overstretched: the NHS in 2016

Royal College of Physicians, September 2016

This report argues that the NHS in 2016 needs a new plan, designed to meet the UK’s health and care needs in the long term, and to value, support and motivate NHS staff. This would include an increase in the amount of funding and an increase in the number of medical students and doctors training to be hospital specialists.

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