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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Joint PTC/Dean statement regarding the implementation of the 2016 Junior Doctors' contract for psychiatric trainees

Starting a new placement can often be an anxiety-provoking time. However, for Psychiatric Trainees rotating in February this move may be particularly difficult. In England many of you will be moving onto the new Junior Doctor Contract. Others will remain on the old Contract but start redesigned on-call rotas which accommodate the 2016 Contract.

The terms and conditions of the contract are outwith the remit of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC). However setting standards for psychiatric education is very much our business. It is important that trainees are aware of the pathways to raise concerns relating to rota design and training with medical workforce departments, local educational leads and Directors of Medical Education particularly if these impact on quality of training. Trainees will be aware of being able to seek advice from the BMA for queries relating to contractual matters and on-call rotas.

Each Trust in England has appointed a Guardian of Safe Working whose role is to ensure that rotas and working conditions are safe for both doctors and patients. They will also seek to address concerns within Trusts relating to hours worked and access to training opportunities. We strongly encourage all trainees on the 2016 Contract to fully engage with their Guardian of Safe Working Hours and the new exception reporting system.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the PTC remains committed to improving training, recruitment and retention in Psychiatry. Therefore irrespective of the Contract you are on, the PTC welcomes feedback about training and how on-call commitments impact on access to training opportunities. Your feedback will inform the work of the PTC moving forwards, influencing improvements in Psychiatric Training and ensuring that trainees feel supported and valued within their workplace.'

Dr Kate Milward, Chair Psychiatric Trainees Committee

Dr Kate Lovett, Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists

1 February 2017

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