£10 million funding has been made available to enhance the facilities and working environments for junior doctors in NHS trusts. It is recommended the funding is used to meet needs aligned with the BMA Fatigue and Facilities charter however this is not a requirement to receive the money. As circumstances vary between employers, providing it is agreed through the junior doctor forum, there is some flexibility in how this funding is used to improve junior doctors working conditions. For more information and FAQs see the following web page.
Getting the most out of your funding
Improving the quality of working environments and conditions for junior doctors is a fundamental step in supporting their health and wellbeing, and in turn providing safe, effective and efficient patient care. To get the most of your funding, you may want to consider:
- Work in partnership with your junior doctor forum and engage with junior doctors more widely to find out their key priorities to inform where your investment will have the most impact. For example, Kettering General NHS Foundation Trust sent out a survey to find out the top five priority areas junior doctors would like to be improved to inform their spending on enhancing sleep and eating facilities.
- Build on your existing health and wellbeing strategy and ensure medical staffing and health and wellbeing leads are working together to maximise the impact of the funding.
- Use the NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework and diagnostic tool to analyse where you could improve and base your approach on evidence and good practice.
- Build in processes and develop a culture that empowers staff to make use of the funding outcomes. For example, if the funding was used to create a rest and relaxation space, ensure staff are encouraged to take breaks.
- Maintain momentum by aligning your actions with your existing health and wellbeing plan, ensuring that improvements and changes are evaluated and sustained in the long-term.
Read more about improving working conditions for junior doctors.
See our healthy working environment web page for practical tips and advice to improve the working environment, including a focus on sleep, hydration and facilities.