How work has become my wellbeing

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Richard Phillips is an Academic FY1 Doctor in Birmingham interested in helping to bridge the gap between pre-clinical and clinical medicine.   This one goes out to anyone starting a new chapter of their lives during the 2020 lockdown measures. I am an FY1 doctor who started work in June 2020, during the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone who knows me personally will know that I do not view medicine as a day job but a core part of my identity (we don’t have time to analyse the issues with that statement here I’m afraid!) and so commencing work was something that I was always especially looking forward to. But when it felt like the whole world was revering hospital staff, it felt to me like this year could not have been a more special time to start my career in medicine. **A fleeting snap of a fresh-faced (behind the mask!) new...
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Foundation interim year 1 (FiY1) – success or failure?

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  Richard Phillips is an Academic FY1 Doctor in Birmingham interested in helping to bridge the gap between pre-clinical and clinical medicine. Having recently been a member of the cohort of 2020 graduating medics I have experienced firsthand the FiY1 programme (henceforth referred to as “interim”). This hastily concocted programme was a UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) initiative primarily in response to the fears of NHS staff sickness during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the cancellation or modification of medical finals up all across the country, March, April and May saw the early (and rather unceremonious) graduation of ~8,500 new doctors. However, with the formal FY1 programme not set to start until 5th August 2020 there remained 8,500 fresh-faced doctors who couldn't be deployed. The interim programme allowed these new doctors the opportunity to commence work early in either: 1) a hospital linked to their medical school deanery; 2) a hospital linked to the deanery...
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Stephen Tobin
Hi Richard, I hope you are still doing well for the NHS with those case numbers; note I have worked as both SR and, 12 years later... Read More
Wednesday, 30 December 2020 05:00
Richard Phillips
Dear Prof. Tobin, Thanks for taking the time to read. It’s good to hear that this strategy was employed in other healthcare syste... Read More
Tuesday, 05 January 2021 17:31
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