Funding has been made available to NHS trusts in England for improving working conditions for junior doctors.
The £10 million funding, outlined by the Secretary of State in September 2018, will be available to enhance facilities and the working environment for junior doctors.
Health Education England (HEE) has written to chief executives and medical directors with information on how the funding will be made available to NHS trusts in England.
All NHS trusts in England who employ junior doctors, will receive £30,000, and the remaining balance will be shared between 120 trusts defined as having a greater need, using data from a number of different sources. These 120 trusts will each receive £60,833 in total. The HEE letter outlines the amount each trust will receive.
A working group, led by HEE, with representatives from NHS Employers, the British Medical Association (BMA) Junior Doctors Committee, NHS Improvement and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, came together to agree how the funding should be allocated.
The BMA Fatigue and Facilities Charter can be used as a guide to inform the use of the funding, but circumstances vary between employers and there is some flexibility in how this is used to improve junior doctors working conditions, providing it is agreed through the junior doctor forum.