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Your first day of induction


Must haves

  • Make sure you have your identification (ID) badge
  • Make sure you have all the relevant access codes.
  • Read any Mandatory training modules as they emphasise on Data protection, Discrimination and other important modules like infection control (most valuable for getting to know your hospital’s prescribing policy)
  • If you are expected to carry a bleep, make sure you know where to collect it from - this is usually switchboard. Contact them by phone, asking for switchboard directly. 
  • find out how the bleep phone system works and the most common numbers you will need to know such as your registrar’s bleep number.
  • Make sure you can recognise the crash bleep and how to respond to it!


Talk to people and ask questions

  • Speak to others who are starting in your department who are at induction with you
  • Take a notebook or write down important staff members’ details, ward codes, bleep numbers in your phone
  • Obtain a copy of your rota and be clear about what hours you will be expected to do
  • Find out who is your clinical supervisor and educational supervisor and try to organise a formal meeting with them as soon as possible
  • This is vital as these clinicians will provide you with clinical and educational support throughout your post.


Get your bearings

  • Download a map and walk around the hospital to orientate yourself and get to know your working environment.
  • This includes finding the hospital canteen, cash and food dispensers, on call rooms (if relevant) and doctors mess, if available. It may be a good idea to locate the Radiology department if you know you will have to speak to them in your role (check with the current team before you start)
  • Visit your department to meet your team which will include the senior registrar and foundation doctors. Ask about your consultant’s timetable and what duties you will be expected to do and when.


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