Wednesday, 22 June 2022
At South West London and St George’s, we have over 90 junior doctors working across our inpatient and community services. Working closely with our consultant psychiatrists, they are responsible for the day-to-day medical and psychiatric care of patients.
Junior doctors play a key role within our teams and the Trust is committed to supporting their development, not only as clinicians but also as leaders too. That is why we recently signed up to the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) Leadership Commitment for Junior Doctors. Here, junior doctors Holly Kirwin and Hannah Scanlon explain more about the commitment and why the Trust signed up to it in November 2021.
Q. Firstly, tell us what the FMLM Leadership Commitment for Juniors Doctors is?
The commitment outlines practical steps that organisations can take to support junior doctors to develop the necessary leadership and management skills needed to safely care for patients and provide effective support for teams. It includes protected time for training, shadowing opportunities and providing regular feedback.
Q. Why has the Trust signed up to the commitment?
SWLStG has always recognised the importance of clinical leadership for junior doctors. Signing up to the commitment reinforces this and acknowledges the role trainees play – both now, and as future leaders of the NHS. It also demonstrates a recognition that contribution to leadership and management activities is as vital to this Trust as the clinical roles junior doctors perform.
Q. What work has been done so far to deliver on the actions recommended by the commitment?
We [Hannah and Holly] are currently leading on the commitment, which is being overseen by Dr Suhana Ahmed, Director of Medical Education at the Trust. One of the commitment’s key themes is about creating opportunities to access and engage with leadership in the workplace. We have started to compile a list of all the current leadership opportunities available within the Trust to create a portfolio which will be made available to all current and future junior doctors.
In addition to the portfolio of opportunities, we’re really keen to increase the number of shadowing opportunities available. Having a role model and someone who you can turn to if you have questions or need any support is so important. We’ll be working with senior leaders to help identify key positions and meetings which would be valuable for trainees to shadow.
Part of our work will also involve engaging with supervisors and exploring ways for trainees to be recognised for the roles they take on, such as providing formal feedback and certificates.
Q. Is there anything else you would like to say about the commitment?
SWLStG is a fantastic place to be a trainee. There are so many opportunities here and the work we’re doing as part of the FMLM commitment will help to promote these more widely. We’re really excited about what our work will mean for our fellow trainees, both now and in the future!
For more information about the FMLM Leadership Commitment for Junior Doctors, go to FMLM Leadership Commitment for junior doctors | Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management