Improve your working pattern or rota
Well rested doctors deliver safer care for patients. Working Time Regulations mean that no doctor should be working more than 48 hours a week on average over 6 months. Your contract also gives you protection on the hours you work.
We believe that it is possible to deliver excellent care and receive the training that you need within 48 hours. Sometimes, however, doctors find themselves working on badly designed rotas which are unnecessarily tiring or onerous.
We can advise you on common problems like:
- No flexibility for taking leave
- Gaps in your rota due to under-staffing
- No time for dedicated training opportunities
- Uneven workload in rota slots
- Other problems with working hours
What can you do?
There are several types of rota that you may find yourself working and each rota has its own set of rules.
Know your rota type
Knowing which band you should be in is important. Sign in to read our comprehensive guidance and use the pay banding calculator.
Check your band
Calculate your hours with the Riddle Formula © calculator and create your own rota.
Create your own rota
Time off and rest periods can vary according to your shift patterns
Know the rules
Rota case studies
Read the examples of junior doctors who designed their own rotas.
Read the case studies
There are many other websites and guides available to help with managing your rota.
Find out more
Get up to speed with the terminology used in rota design.
Find out more