Just the thing for junior doctors

The Staff Library would like to welcome all the new F1 grades to the Trust and highlight some of our resources which might be of particular interest.

Here are some sample titles:

  • Effective interaction with patients
  • The hands on guide for hospital doctors
  • Curriculum for the foundation years in post graduate education and training
  • Making sense of your medical career
  • Individuals guide to career development in healthcare
  • Doctors communication handbook
  • The reflective healthcare team
  • Making it in British medicine
  • The foundation programme
  • Getting into GP training
  • Difficult conversations in medicine

In addition to the above we stock the following journals:

  • DSCF0274Archives of Disease in Childhood
  • Archives of Disease in Childhood Education and Practice edition
  • Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal edition
  • British Journal of Surgery
  • Clinics in Developmental Medicine
  • Health Service Journal
  • Journal of Analytical Toxicology
  • Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • The Lancet
  • Medicine
  • MIDIRS Midwifery Digest
  • Nursing Standard
  • Nursing Times
  • Surgery

Maternity guidance for doctors in training

This factsheet from NHS Employers, provides guidance for doctors in training who need to plan maternity leave. The factsheet includes information on timelines for telling your employer you are pregnant, when to take maternity leave, maternity pay and advice for doctors in training who may be moving between employers. It also includes a helpful flowchart, which gives an indication of actions to take and what to expect when planning maternity leave.

NB: Employers need to be aware of the potential for overpayment in circumstances where a doctor moves on rotation at a late stage of the pregnancy when SMP and NHS maternity pay may be paid by different employers. The two employers involved will need to liaise closely to ensure that total pay is at the correct level.

Maternity issues for doctors in training

News from NHS Employers

BMA agree to negotiations on junior doctors contract
The BMA Junior Doctors Committee has announced today (22 July 2013) that it is willing to negotiate with employers on a new contract of employment for junior doctors.

Updated guide to community pharmacy published

NHS Employers, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA have published an updated guide to community pharmacy.

Coming soon … JuniorDr Magazine

JuniorDr is the UK’s only magazine dedicated to Medical Students, Foundation Year Doctors, Specialist Trainees, GP Trainees and Specialist Registrars. Copies are distributed free every quarter through the doctor’s mess, postgraduate centres, GP training scheme, libraries and medical schools throughout the UK. As an organisation run entirely by junior doctors we rely upon hospitals, training centres and libraries to help us get copies to junior doctors. We’re constantly looking for new sites to help us distribute each issue.”

25 copies have been ordered for the Staff Library, so look out for it next time you visit us.The readership and your feedback will determine whether this publication is stocked on a regular basis.

Click to see the JuniorDr website or to read the current issue online.


R Zaidi, A Heald, P Wai, T Patani and S Westal: Diabetic Medicine 2011

An audit on insulin prescribing errors and a survey of junior doctors on insulin prescribing

Diabetic Medicine, March 2011, vol./is. 28/(87-88), 0742-3071 (March 2011)

Authors: R Zaidi, A Heald, P Wai, T Patani and S Westal – Diabetes and Endocrine Department, East CheshireNHS Trust, Macclesfield, UK

Aims: (1) To identify errors in prescribing insulin on medical and surgical wards and compare resultswith those of the National Inpatient Diabetes Audit (NIDA) 2009. (2) A survey assessed the confidence of junior doctors in prescribing insulin.

Methods: We conducted a prospective audit, analysing 31 insulin prescription charts on medical and surgical wards, over 2 weeks following the NPSA report on safe administration of insulin. ‘Units’ written, regimen type and legitimacy, timing and signatures were checked. 48 junior doctors were questioned. This included 19 specialist registrars, 16 F2/CT trainees and 13 F1 doctors.

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News from NHS Networks: 30 Sept

Two new respiratory quick reference guides have been published to help support patients with asthma and COPD.
This research scan describes how junior doctors have been engaged in quality improvement and factors that help and hinder their involvement.
The NHS must address the significant variations in care experienced by the 170,000 patients who have major emergency abdominal surgery each year, says a new report published by the Royal College of Surgeons.
The NHS could have saved a total of £625 million if it had prescribed NICE-recommended drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes as opposed to other treatment options, according to a new study.