We are inviting all paediatric trainees and consultants to take part in this brief survey on their experience of teaching and education relating to sleep and shift work.
Teaching on “Sleep for your own health: managing the effects of working shifts” has been included as part of mandatory induction at Evelina London Children’s Hospital since 2012, and as part of London School of Paediatrics ST1 mandatory induction since 2015. This session is intended to be a practical, pragmatic guide to helping doctors working night shifts to understand the underlying physiology of how this affects them, and to suggest strategies which may help to limit the consequences of how working at night makes us feel.
In parallel to this, the London School of Paediatrics has actively supported raising awareness about the importance of this issue in hospitals across the region, and encouraging departments to consider strategies which can be put in place at this level to support safe, effective, efficient delivery of care around the clock.
Many of you will have contributed to the previous LSP survey (in Spring 2016) which looked at your experience of working at night. The results from this survey were used to continue to raise the profile of this issue.
We are now interested to know whether you have been able to access this training, if this is something which you feel has been helpful, and how it could be improved, as we continue to push for work of this sort to be incorporated throughout the NHS.
The survey should just take five minutes of your time- many thanks for completing it and please encourage others to do so too.
Dr Cherry Alviani, Paediatric Registrar
Dr Mike Farquhar, Consultant in Paediatric Sleep Medicine, Evelina London Children’s Hospital