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Best practice guidance for junior doctors in England, in partnership with NHS Employers.
During the negotiations for the 2016 junior doctor contract in England, a set of new working hour limits and rest requirements were introduced at the request of the BMA. In partnership with NHS Employers, we have jointly developed guidance on good rostering practices.
During the negotiations for the new junior doctor contract in 2016, a set of new working hour limits and rest requirements were introduced at the request of the BMA.
These principles are intended for doctors in training but may also be relevant to other staff groups with rostering challenges.
The design of a roster should consider key, essential factors.
Changes may need to be made to rosters after implementation. It is essential that employers, roster managers, and doctors have a clear process to follow when making changes to a live roster.
Find out how to manage leave to enable doctors to access their full leave entitlement, while still running safe and effective services.
Find out how to assess work undertaken during on-call periods and manage deviations from the prospective average hours in the work schedule.
Identifying individual needs, being flexible and providing consistency and stability, are key to underpin the process of good rota design and rostering for LTFT doctors.
Once you've received your rota, refer to our helpful checklist to ensure it is following the guidelines.
See the coverage generated by the launch of the rostering guidance.