F1 doctors to work shadow

ALL doctors entering foundation training in England are to undertake four days of paid work shadowing, the Department of Health has announced.

The scheme will be introduced this year and is designed to cut stress levels for newly qualified doctors and improve patient safety. The move follows pilot schemes across England and other parts of the UK.

All foundation doctors appointed in England will spend a minimum of four working days shadowing the F1 job they will be taking up and completing a trust-based induction.

The DoH hopes the shadowing will equip foundation doctors with the local knowledge and skills they need to provide safe, high quality patient care from day one, as well as help them become familiar with their new working environment.

Trainees will be paid for the shadowing on a pro-rata basic F1 salary. Employers in England will be expected to contact new F1s before starting work to confirm specific arrangements. Trainees should ensure they are available for at least the last week in July 2012.

The new scheme only applies to trainees in England. A similar work shadowing scheme has been run in Wales for the past few years. Different arrangements exist in Scotland and Northern Ireland and further information will be provided to new F1 doctors there in the near future.