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Junior Doctor training and tackling Black Wednesday

As you may be aware, August is the time that new trainee doctors start work within the NHS and other trainee doctors move from Trust to Trust as part of their training. This is an especially busy time within NHS Trusts, Health Boards and LETBs, as these doctors all need to be trained and inducted as they are settling in to their new roles in extremely high-pressure environments.

The period leading up to August is also an especially busy time for Dynamic, as we have been working on our award-winning doctors' induction courses to allow doctors to be trained more efficiently as they start work at a new Trust and, in some cases, as they move around the region they are working in. Some of our e-Induction courses are even tailored to a trainee’s grade and speciality, including a full suite of mental-health specific scenarios. You can read more about our immersive e-Induction for Doctors course in our case studies section here. We have made various improvements to it this year, adding new features that make it easier to revisit content and even adding some entirely new scenarios.

One of the biggest changes to the course we have made for this year is to map the Induction course to the statutory and mandatory topics related to the 'Skills for Health' Core Skills Training Framework. What this means is that once a trainee doctor has completed the e-Induction course, they don’t then have to complete separate training covering a range of additional topics, such as Infection Control, as they are all covered in a highly interactive and engaging way in the e-Induction itself. Even better, in some of the areas where the course has been adopted regionally, doctors don’t need to repeat this training as they move from one hospital to another, as their training moves with them, like a passport.

This approach saves hospitals both time and money when compared to training their staff using more traditional face-to-face methods. More importantly, it frees up more trainee doctors’ time on their critical first day in the Trust, historically referred to as ‘Black Wednesday’. A study by Royal United Hospitals Bath, published in the journal Clinical Medicine 2016 Vol 16, concluded that adopting the e-Induction course had “led to increased trainee presence on the ward during Black Wednesday, facilitating greater focus on patient care and supporting patient safety”. This study led to other hospitals taking more of an interest in the e-Induction course, with enquiries from as far afield as Singapore.

So, as our induction season comes to a close, this year we have now rolled out the course to over 40 different NHS Trusts and Health Boards, training over 6,000 trainee doctors – with most Dynamic staff being involved at some stage, both in front of and behind the camera. The next step is to start planning how we can make it even better in readiness for next year.

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