Update on shadowing guidance

Hospital staff

15 / 7 / 2015 10am

Following potential changes to shadowing arrangements suggested by the British Medical Association (BMA), a number of employers have been in touch to discuss their concerns with us.

The BMA’s proposals, delivered via local negotiating committees (LNCs), include changes to pay for the shadowing period, and suggest that use of the shadowing contract for training would prevent doctors undertaking clinical activity.

NHS Employers’ view is that this is not the case. As discussed nationally with the BMA at the joint negotiating committee for junior doctors, the contract for training is specifically designed to allow appropriate clinical experience, and ensures that students are indemnified during the shadowing period. 

We are keen that the shadowing period remains a structured transition between medical student and F1 doctor. It is not intended that new F1 appointees start their full F1 doctor post four days earlier.

Full guidance on all the issues above can be found on our Shadowing 2015 page.

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