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.
- 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.
- 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.
This will be a virtual event, hosted by Airmeet. Joining instructions for the event will be issued to all registered attendees.
Download our partner brochure for opportunities to be an event partner.