Anaesthetists in Training: your views on morale & welfare

The past year has been exceptionally challenging for all of us working in healthcare but particularly for anaesthetist in training. At the Royal College of Anaesthetists we are acutely aware of the issues affecting anaesthetists in training. We would like to get a more comprehensive picture of these issues so we can better represent your concerns to healthcare regulators and political decision makers.

Morale and welfare survey
With that in mind the College has developed a survey, designed specifically for anaesthetists in training, which includes questions on welfare at work, how well you feel valued and your thoughts on morale and psychological wellbeing. Your responses will be anonymous and held in the strictest of confidence, under the College's data protection policies. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and we hope that as many trainees as possible will participate.

Listening Events
In December 2016, January 2017 and throughout next year, we will also hold a series of Listening Events to provide you and your fellow trainees opportunities to meet with me, members of Council and senior College staff. These events will provide an informal, confidential forum to raise the issues that affect you and the specialty, and to explore potential solutions. The first two events are being held in London, but more events will be held across the UK and we will publicise the dates and venues in the new year.

I encourage you to get involved with these initiatives so that Council and I can more effectively take action on the issues that concern you. I will keep in touch with you on the outcomes of this work through my monthly President’s e-Newsletter.

Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

09 December 2016

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