There are approximately 55,000 doctors in training at any one time within the NHS and over a 10-year training career, doctors in training move organisation an average of ten times. This high frequency of movement reinforces the need to get the rotational process right to ensure a good experience for the trainees, while enabling trusts to run an efficient and effective process.
In 2017 a national doctors in training working group was formed to address the issues raised in Health Education England's Enhancing junior doctors’ working lives - a progress report and develop a perfect rotational process that could be used nationally. The working group carried out an in-depth review of existing processes and six principles were formulated as the key steps to achieving the perfect process. Twelve sites and 16 fast followers undertook a pilot study to ensure the six principles worked effectively and that all associated resources were fully tested.
The pilot study concluded in April and the national resources are now published in this streamlining resource hub. The resources include practical tools, guidance and web links to useful sources of information which will support you to improve your local doctors in training rotational experience, and achieve the maximum benefits for your organisation. The resources include a new interactive Doctors in Training Readiness Assessment Tool that will help you to understand where you are on your journey, and direct you to the relevant guidance to help you meet the six principles.