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A guide to rota monitoring

Your employer must ensure that you can work safely and effectively without excessive workloads that might compromise patient care. They must ensure that your actual working hours comply with the New Deal and the European Working Time Directive.

The New Deal is your employment contract, (negotiated on your behalf by the BMA) it details working patterns and conditions for doctors in training and sets limits on hours and work intensity.

The hours you work and the unsocial nature of a rota determines your pay banding, and whilst this can be calculated from a template rota, what actually happens and the true intensity of the work can only be established through monitoring.

In short, monitoring has two purposes:

  • To check that you are on the correct banding allocation
  • To check that you are complying with the New Deal limits on contracted hours, hours worked, duty periods and rest requirements

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