Day 4 - Doctors in training programme 

Streamlining week

On the fourth day of NHS Streamlining Week we focus on the national doctors in training programme led by NHS Improvement and Health Education England (HEE). The programme aims to support employers to address six principles, which when implemented, have been widely recognised as helping to improve the pre-employment experience of doctors in training.


Today we highlight:

  • the case for change – detailing background information and rationale for improving the pre-employment experience of doctors in training
  • improving people practices – an update on the national programme and the progress NHS Improvement and HEE have made to date
  • a short survey - requesting feedback on the definition of deployment, onboarding and induction
  • information on a national doctors in training survey - scheduled for May 2019
  • a twitter poll - keep an eye on Twitter using #NHSstreamlining for a poll which targets the occupational health community to gather views on the proposed core list of immunisations and vaccinations and also it's standard naming convention.

The case for change

The programme is the first and only system-wide initiative to address national barriers to improve the onboarding and induction experience of doctors in training. NHS Improvement and Health Education England jointly lead this work and are working with other national partners to drive forward a programme to improve the induction and rotation process for all doctors in training.

The programme will support trusts to enable doctors in training to rotate more efficiently and effectively between NHS organisations, with onboarding and induction information only being repeated on rotation when necessary.

The case for change for improving the experience of doctors in training, increasing the quality of HR services and delivering more efficient practices are significant. There are hours and financial savings to be saved, and a real opportunity to improve staff experience.

To learn more download the case for change.

Improving people practices – update on progress

NHS Improvement and Health Education England have provided an update on the national doctors in training programme, detailing each of the doctors in training principles and associated progress to date.  

Survey on the definition of deployment, onboarding and induction

As part of NHS Streamlining week we encourage you to take part in a short survey which is gathering views on the universal definition of onboarding and induction. Currently there is no universal definition, and the terms are used interchangeably according to the individual and organisation. Please take this short survey and let NHS Improvement and HEE know your thoughts.  

Doctors in training pre-employment survey

In May, NHS Improvement and Health Education England will be running a survey for all doctors in training to gather opinions and experiences of the pre-employment experience as they rotate between employing organisations.

The survey will seek to understand doctors’ experiences on contracts and rotas as well as pre-employment checks undertaken on references, employment history, qualifications, identity, right to work, work health assessments and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The responses will help the team understand current experiences and where they can make the most improvement. It will also help to establish a baseline from which changes can be more effectively evaluated.

Keep an eye on the streamlining resource hub where will be providing more information in May. All survey responses will be confidential and anonymous.

Further information

Visit the streamlining resource hub to learn more about the benefits of streamlining and access case studies, toolkits and information guides to support your streamlining journey.

Find out what else is happening during NHS Streamlining Week and follow the conversation on Twitter by using #NHSstreamlining.

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