A new blog post on The King’s Fund identifies five ways to improve the morale of junior doctors. Bilal Sahib writes that, “dissatisfaction among junior doctors has reached unprecedented levels: 80 per cent feel excessively stressed, and the number progressing directly to specialty training is declining.”
While Sahib recognises some of these solutions can only be implemented at a national level, for instance boosting the number of medical school places. There are some that could be implemented at a local level which could help to bolster the morale of this workforce. Their suggestions include:
- Better rota planning
- Rest facilities
- Out-of- hours support
Full details about the suggestions and further details can be found at The King’s Fund
Related: A retrospective analysis on BMJ Open looks at the impact of industrial action by English junior doctors in 2016. This is the first UK study that looked at the effects of striking junior doctors, as well as the first to evaluate the impact of withheld inhospital emergency services (the April 2016 strike was the first ever UK strike to include emergency care).
The full analysis can be downloaded from the BMJ here