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