21 / 06 / 2013
This guide offers simple, practical recommendations that can be implemented in organisations to help mitigate the problems associated with simultaneous trainee changeover.
Doctors in training in the UK have historically started new six-monthly rotations in February and August, with the majority of junior doctors rotating to new training programmes during the first week of August. There is increasing evidence to show that simultaneous changeover is associated with reduced efficiency and increased mortality. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and NHS Employers have worked with partner organisations to recommend four simple measures that can help avoid these potential problems.