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We are three months away from the deadline set for contract negotiations for consultants in England and Northern Ireland. Since discussions began last October, they have focused on two key issues - the provision of seven-day services and pay progression.
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It’s five to eight, and freedom is in sight. Gritty eyes and crumpled hair. Two more patients to discuss and I am out of here.
I’m not sure why I notice the girl at first. She’s pale and sits uncomfortably slumped on the shoulder of a teenage boy. He looks frightened, burdened with this adult role.
Tags: junior doctors, medical education and training, medical diagnosis
I had never seen an operation before. A third-year medical student, new to the wards, new to real patients. And now the surgical registrar had said we should come and watch him work. I was, of course, terrified.
Tags: medical students, junior doctors, medical education and training
'Take your time, there's no hurry.' I had been pestering to do my first cataract, and now the opportunity had arrived, I felt that anyone chosen at random from the streets of Manchester would have been able to do it better.
Tags: junior doctors, medical education and training
‘I don’t care about your pension,’ says my friend. She is self-employed and running her own small business. She takes something like minimum wage while paying her employees a decent salary. Her private pension pot has already taken a whack. Why should she care about mine?
Tags: pensions, junior doctors
I remember my first weeks of seven night shifts in a row. The first one or two nights were the hardest. My body was out of rhythm and lacking sleep, having spent the day tossing and turning with sleep eluding me.
Tags: junior doctors, hours of work
Even in the medical world, awash with acronyms, the letters A, R, C and P loom large in any junior doctor's life. The ARCP (annual review of competence progression) is the formal and structured examination of evidence to ensure a doctor's satisfactory progression through each stage of medical training, from the foundation programme onwards.
Tags: medical education and training, junior doctors
As part of my job, I give people dementia. Two or three people, on average, each week. Before they come to see me they have a concern, a suspicion, a worried relative perhaps, or a memory that 'just isn't as good as it used to be'; when I'm done they have an incurable disease that will change their lives irrevocably.
Tags: medical diagnosis, junior doctors, psychiatry
‘Can I just ask how old you are?’ I look up and see a curious wrinkled face staring at my name badge.
Tags: junior doctors, foundation programme year 1
While scrubbing for a case, a charge nurse asked me if a potential medical student needed to wear a suit for an interview for medical school. My knee-jerk reaction was: of course, it is like a job interview, what a daft question.
Tags: junior doctors, careers
Picture the scene. I am a paediatric broad-based trainee and it’s 4.30pm on a Sunday. The registrar and I have been working 13-hour stretches all weekend and have another five hours until the end of our shift.
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