NHS England to reduce red tape for junior doctors


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Professional News
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The NHS has committed to end the administrative burden faced by junior doctors when starting new rotations, the BMA says.

According to the association, plans to improve the way employment, occupational health and statutory and mandatory training records are shared will apply to all trusts in England by next summer.

The pledge is the result of work undertaken by NHS Improvement's Doctors in Training Programme Board, which sought to build on commitments to enhance the recruitment and induction of junior staff reached in the 2016 ACAS agreement.

Under the agreed plans, Health Education England (HEE) will inform all doctors of their placements 12 weeks in advance of starting, with this data then transferred from HEE’s trainee information system to trusts and stored in the electronic staff records (ESR).

The change will initially apply to 90 per cent of all providers, with full uptake expected by August 2020.

There are also plans to develop frameworks for statutory and mandatory core skills training and for recording immunisations and vaccinations into ESR by August of this year, according to the BMA.

Commenting on the move, BMA junior doctors committee deputy chair for education and training, Sarah Hallett said the agreement will make a huge difference to the workplace experiences of doctors working on rotation.

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