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Guidance on the guardian of safe working hours

During negotiations on the junior doctor contract, agreement was reached on the introduction of a 'guardian of safe working hours' in organisations that employ or host NHS trainee doctors to oversee the process of ensuring safe working hours for junior doctors.

The guardian is responsible for overseeing compliance with the safeguards outlined in the 2016 terms and conditions of service (TCS) for doctors and dentists in training.


Guidance to support you

Applying for the role of Guardian of safe working hours

This guidance assists senior doctors who may be interested in applying for a position as a guardian of safe working hours.

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Junior doctors on guardian recruitment panels

We encourage junior doctors to engage with the recruitment of senior doctors into the role of guardian of safe working hours.

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What's the difference?

Are you confused by Guardians of safer working hours and Freedom to Speak-up Guardians? Let our infographic explain the differences.

Guardians graphic explainer