What’s the aim of this work?
We’re working with healthcare providers to highlight the importance of our standards and to make sure all doctors are supported when they begin a new role or return to practice after time away.
Our standards for medical education and training – Promoting excellence – are clear on the importance of support and appropriate induction for doctors in training:
- R1.13: Organisations must make sure learners have an induction in preparation for each placement that clearly sets out:
- their duties and supervision arrangements
- their role in the team
- how to gain support from senior colleagues
- the clinical or medical guidelines and workplace policies they must follow
- how to access clinical and learning resources.
Our guidance on Leadership and management for all doctors also highlights that doctors in leadership or management positions should make sure that doctors have an appropriate induction and access to a mentoring arrangement, where relevant.
- Paragraph 55: You must make sure that any new doctor or other healthcare professional you manage is offered relevant induction and that induction policies and procedures contain information that is relevant, accessible and proportionate to the doctor’s role and length of employment within your organisation.
We are also expanding the free programme we provide for doctors who are new to UK practice – Welcome to UK practice – which we run across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. On these workshops, doctors learn about our guidance and get support on how to deal with difficult ethical situations.