Valuing our trainees: the future of medicine in the UK

Katherine Walesby, Marcus Lyall, Tom W Mackay, Brian Wood, Derek Bell

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Abstract / Description of output

Trainees are the future of medicine in the UK. Their
wellbeing and morale are important not just at an
individual level but as a reflection of a functioning,
sustainable and valued workforce that makes up the NHS.
In recent years there has been growing concern
regarding the wellbeing and morale of trainees and while
this may have been voiced individually for some time, the
junior doctors’ contract dispute in England has catapulted
it into everyday conversations. This is not surprising
given the current climate of increasing pressure on NHS
staff and use of the phrase ‘burnt-out’ being now
What are the underlying factors contributing to this
situation? This paper aims to highlight some of the issues
involved in this complex topic and suggests how we
might improve the situation in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-149
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2016


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