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The NHS Operations Executive has agreed that prior to beginning their foundation year (F1) all new appointees in England should undertake a paid period of shadowing.

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The NHS Operations Executive has agreed that prior to beginning their foundation year (F1) all new appointees in England should undertake a paid period of shadowing.
‘The New Doctor’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Doctors’, published by the General Medical Council (GMC) and Medical Education England’s ‘Foundation for Excellence’ have both highlighted the need for new appointees to undertake a period of shadowing prior to beginning their foundation year post. Letters from NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh, described periods of shadowing as providing considerable advantages to both trainees and patients.
“Our aim is to ensure that all appointees to F1 spend a minimum of four working days shadowing the F1 job that they will be taking up and completing trust-based induction. This shadowing period will equip our new colleagues with the local knowledge and skills needed to provide safe, high quality patient care, from their first day as a F1 doctor”, Sir Bruce Keogh said in a letter to Medical School Deans in England.
The GMC describes the shadowing period as a discrete period where medical students / appointees would work closely with the F1 doctor in the post that they are to take up upon graduation. The period of shadowing should be paid and mandatory and will begin from the end of July. Those shadowing in July will begin their F1 year in August.

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