Guardians of safe working hours conference 2023

Join us for our annual guardians of safe working hours virtual conference on Monday 6 November.
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General information

6 November 2023 10:00 - 16:00 GMT
Open to all


  • Headshot of Bruce Daisley
    Bruce Daisley External link icon
    Author; Technology Expert
  • Sheona Macleod
    Professor Sheona Macleod External link icon
    Medical Director NHS England
  • Headshot of Imogen Head
    Imogen Head External link icon
    Senior Clinical Workforce Productivity Manager NHS England
  • Headshot of Nancy Redfurn
    Dr Nancy Redfern External link icon
    Consultant Anaesthetist Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Headshot of Rob Galloway
    Professor Rob Galloway External link icon
    Emergency Care Consultant University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust
  • Headshot of Anju Aggarwal
    Anju Aggarwal External link icon
    Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Guardian of Safe Working Hours Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Mark Johnson
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    Medical Registrar Buckinghamshire NHS Trust
  • Headshot of Trista Chakrava
    Tista Chakravarty-Gannon External link icon
    Head of Outreach Operations General Medical Council (GMC)

We hope you can join us on 6 November for the guardians of safe working hours annual event.

This will be an all-day event, with a range of speakers on diverse topics relevant to the role of guardians and the junior doctor workforce.


The programme is subject to change as we finalise the timings.

    • Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers
    • Professor Rob Galloway, Emergency Care Consultant, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust

    Rob talks to us and the implementation of self-rostering and self-preferencing at his trust and will discuss the challenges faced and benefits this has brought.

    • Bruce Daisley, Author; Technology Expert

    Bruce is one of the UKs most influential voices on fixing work, published in the Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. His latest book, Fortitude, was described by the Financial Times as the 'best business book of the year' at the end of 2022. 

    He's recently been appointed as a Visiting Honorary Professor at Bayes Business School at City University in London with a focus on organisational culture and the MBA programme.

    Previously he spent over a decade running Twitter and YouTube (the latter at Google) for Europe, leaving Twitter as its most senior leader outside of the US. Bruce runs the Apple number 1 Business Chart topping podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat on work culture.

    • Tista Chakravarty-Gannon, Head of Outreach Operations, General Medical Council (GMC)

    An update on the revised Good Medical Practice Standards due to launch on 30 January 2024. 

  • Lunch break

    • Professor Sheona Macleod, Medical Director, NHS England

     Sheona will talk to us about the Long Term Workforce Plan and hold a discussion on the Medical Workforce Strategy and its impact on the junior doctor workforce.

    • Dr Anju Aggarwal, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Guardian of Safe Working Hours, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

    Dr Aggarwal will be sharing her reflections on a guardian’s first year in post and will be an opportunity for guardians to share top tips for new colleagues.

    • Imogen Head, Senior Clinical Workforce Productivity Manager, NHS England

    Imogen will sharing a presentation on user research that has been conducted by NHS England to understand the user needs for rostering for both AHPs and medics.

  • Break.

    • Dr Nancy Redfern, co-chair, The National Joint Fatigue Working Group

    High work intensity, long daytime hours and night shift working make staff fatigue widespread in healthcare. It impacts on our thinking and behaviour in ways we may not notice; how we assess risk, make decisions, perform complex tasks, interact with colleagues, and manage our emotions.

    Staff fatigue can cause worse patient outcomes and have negative impacts on our own health and wellbeing. We are twice as likely to have a car crash driving home after a 12-hour shift than an eight-hour shift. If we drive after being awake for 18–20 hours on a busy shift, our performance behind the wheel is as bad as if our blood alcohol is over the legal limit for driving.  

    There are regulatory requirements for good fatigue risk management in other ‘high-hazard’ industries such as airline, nuclear, electrical and rail. Good rota management is part of fatigue risk management, but power naps, regular breaks, controlling workload and buddy systems are also important.

    Should we have a more robust approach to fatigue risk management, after all we have the same physiology as workers in other safety critical industries?  

    • Dr Mark Johnson, Medical Registrar, Buckinghamshire NHS Trust

     Dr Johnson will be looking at how his trust implemented self-development time for all doctors in training and locally employed doctors. He will discuss the challenges and benefits the organisation faced when undertaking the process.

    • Paul Wallace, Director of Employment Relations and Reward

    Paul will close the meeting with a summary of the day.

  • We hope you can join us for some further networking.

Who should attend

This event is open to anyone in the role of guardian of safe working hours in NHS organisations.

Event platform

This will be a virtual event, hosted by Airmeet. Joining instructions for the event will be issued to all registered attendees.

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