All doctors should receive a good induction on arrival at a new job to help them settle in and ensure they have the knowledge and support they need to perform their role. This extends beyond the mandatory corporate induction common for all staff groups and should incorporate a practical induction appropriate to the role and department.
Induction for doctors
The purpose of an induction is to allow you to welcome your new employee but also ensure that they have the information and support to carry out their role effectively. A robust induction benefits the doctor but also helps employers to ensure the delivery of high-quality patient care, increases retention, reduces absenteeism and will promote your organisation as good employer.
Doctors need to be supported in the workplace to provide safe, high-quality patient care. Inductions as a minimum should introduce doctors to employer procedures and rules, arrangements for clinical governance (patient safety, clinical errors, clinical risk management, complaints and litigation), orientation and support.
An enhanced induction will help the doctor integrate into their role quicker. Read our SAS induction checklist, which specifically looks at induction for specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors.
Our case study with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
describes how their leadership and development programme helped support newly-appointed senior doctors into their role, increasing their skills and knowledge to have a positive impact in patient care.
Doctors coming from overseas are new to the UK and the NHS as well as your organisation. It is therefore important that any induction covers a wider range of support including how the NHS works, the employer’s part in the NHS and the duties of a doctor.
Trusts could consider:
- asking new recruits to send details of their main skills and experiences to the department prior to arrival, so that the induction can be customised, and the doctor can adapt faster to the new workplace.arranging shadowing of one of the more experienced doctors in the department during the overseas doctor’s first week.
- introducing the overseas doctor to the wider multi-professional team from their own department and also the other departments they collaborate with.
- coordinating sessions to introduce equipment or techniques new to the doctor.
- providing increased pastoral support and information on accommodation, local environment, immigration, tax, family and social life.
- matching an overseas doctor with a ‘mentor’ or ‘buddy’ to help with their social and professional integration and guide them towards opportunities for professional development.
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Health Education England have developed a web-based educational resource, to introduce internationally qualified doctors to ethical social, legal and professional aspects of UK clinical practice.
The e-learning programme includes interactive sessions and case-based scenarios useful to doctors of any speciality or grade. It aims to act as a driver for new doctors from overseas to discuss with their supervisors, plans for professional development relevant to their speciality and local needs.
Welcome to UK practice
The General Medical Council (GMC) offers a free half-day workshop designed to help doctors new to the UK.
This workshop offers practical guidance about the ethical scenarios doctors may encounter, and the chance to connect with other doctors coming from abroad. Doctors can attend one of these sessions at the GMC’s UK offices or the GMC can come to your organisation or region and deliver a session for your doctors. Find out more and book your Welcome to UK practice workshop.