Implementation of the new Junior Doctor contract is continuing and within London Paediatrics next week’s post switchover is the first time we will experience it first hand.
Hopefully many of you have heard Dr Mike Farquhar, Consultant Paediatric Sleep Physician at the Evelina Children’s Hospital, speak about sleep in the context of shift work. He has lots of important ideas for making night time shift work safer – for patients and shift workers. He has now written a really useful document about sleep/rest in the context of the new Junior Doctor Contract and I recommend that you take the time to read it over the next few days. Each hospital will hopefully offer local solutions to helping their night time shift workers – however I think the principles Mike describes in his paper are very helpful.