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Induction and shadowing for junior doctors

Induction for junior doctors

All doctors should undergo induction when they start working with a new employer, whether you are starting work as an F1 doctor for the first time, or making the transition into specialty training.

Induction is a workplace specific process that ensures new employees are familiar with the employers' local practices and policies, both clinical and non-clinical.

A well-planned induction should help a doctor become familiar with their new working environment, and work effectively so that they can provide excellent care.

Induction is work, and will generally take place during working hours. Where induction takes place outside working hours - for example with online modules - you should receive either pay or time off in lieu at an appropriate rate.

What you need to know about induction


Shadowing for final year medical students

Shadowing is an arrangement where a final year medical student observes an existing Foundation Year 1 doctor (FY1) undertaking the usual activities required of their role. It enables forthcoming FY1 doctors to become more familiar with working practices and hospital systems by shadowing a current FY1 doctor in their role. This helps new doctors gain confidence and professional skills, thereby improving patient care.

Following negotiations in 2012, all incoming FY1 doctors will receive four days of mandatory paid shadowing before they start work.

As well as shadowing, medical students who are taking the step to becoming foundation year doctors will also undertake an induction to work.

What you need to know about shadowing


Assistantships for medical students

A student assistantship is a chance for medical students to use practical and clinical skills in assisting a junior doctor, enabling them to undertake most of the duties of an FY1 under supervision. Its purpose is to enable medical students to practice a variety of practical and clinical skills, rehearsing a their eventual responsibilities as an F1 doctor.

Student assistantships are undertaken as part of the undergraduate curriculum and all queries should be dealt with by your medical school. You will not be paid for the time spent on a student assistantship.

You can find out more on medical education and training standards through the GMC's guidance, Promoting Excellence: standards for medical education and training.