Safer changeover of doctors recommended

Extract from NHS Networks

Recommendations for the safe changeover of doctors in training have been published jointly by NHS Employers and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC).

Doctors in training in the UK have historically started new six-monthly rotations in February and August, with the majority of junior doctors rotating to new training programmes during the first week of August.

There is increasing evidence to show that simultaneous changeover is associated with reduced efficiency and increased mortality.

NHS Employers and the AoMRC have outlined four key recommendations to help organisations mitigate these potential problems.

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