What is a “guardian of safe working”
Following the introduction of a new junior doctor contract in 2016 all Trust’s were required to appoint a guardian of safe working.
Guardians of safe working support all doctors in training and protect the safeguards outlined within their terms and conditions.
What do they do?
Guardians of safe working are independent to the Trust and:
- actively monitor and guard against breaches in working hours outlined in schedules of employment
- make sure there are safe working practices
- help provide a positive experience for trainees and those who use our services.
Some of the tasks they perform include:
- monitoring exception reports and rotas
- responding to queries raised by doctors in training and escalating concerns
- preparing a quarterly and annual report to the Trust Board
- attending junior doctor inductions, forums and locality meetings
Why do we need a guardian of safe working?
The main function of the guardian is to make sure that our junior doctors are being treated fairly and that their working hours and conditions allow them to provide safe, effective care for people who use our services. They provide assurance that the Trust and doctors in approved training programmes are compliant with safe working hours.
Who is the “guardian of safe working” at TEWV?
A consultant in learning disabilities for Hambleton, Richmond and Scarborough was appointed to the role of the guardian of safe working in July 2016. The guardian has held a variety of medical education and leadership and management roles including
- clinical and educational supervisor
- training programme director
- associate dean for speciality training
- clinical director and chair of the Northern and Yorkshire division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
When asked about the role the guardian said:
“I have had a wealth of experience in different roles within the NHS and have a sound understanding of how systems operate helping me to adapt these to meet the needs of the role. The existing monitoring structures in TEWV are very good and I am proud of the work the Trust has done to support junior doctors, including the successful implementation of the new junior doctor contract and the immediate response to concerns raised by junior doctors.”
When to contact the “guardian of safe working”
The following are some example situations when you might contact the “guardian of safe working”:
- issues with the rota or working hours
- missed educational opportunities
- query about exception reports
- concerns about safety
- issues with work schedules.
If you wish to contact the guardian of safe working please use the details below: