The 2022 Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives report, published last week, highlights the strides that HEE has made with expanding flexibility, improving recruitment, and resetting education and training to build on what we have learnt from the pandemic.
Safe, high quality patient care is best delivered by a highly motivated workforce that feels valued; engagement with doctors in postgraduate training is essential to HEE’s work and HEE continues to listen to doctors and respond to their feedback and concerns.
HEE continues to focus on providing flexibility in training and enabling a medical career to be more tailored to the individual. Less than full time training has traditionally only been available to those with caring or health needs or those with unique opportunities for personal development. Responding to valued trainee views, all doctors in postgraduate training can now apply to train on a less than full time basis for any reason, with close to 800 doctors having taken up this option so far. HEE also aims to support those doctors taking time to make career and training choices. The recognition of experience completed outside of training programmes enables a more efficient training pathway, a reduction in costs and enhances the rate of senior workforce provision.
The report highlights many other improvements in medical education and training:
- Adaptation of recruitment processes following the pandemic has enabled HEE to optimise the use of technology, while the use of statistical analysis ensures equality, diversity and inclusion are fully considered.
- 26 million pounds has been invested into the COVID-19 training recovery programme to support solutions and mitigate significant risks to training progression and wellbeing.
- HEE has created the first NHS-wide patient safety syllabus which will result in NHS employees receiving enhanced patient safety training.
See the full report for further details https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/doctors-training/enhancing-working-lives