About the Junior Doctor Body

What is the Junior Doctor Body?

The Junior Doctor Body is a group of trainee doctors that aims to improve relationships between trainee doctors and senior managers and encourage trainee doctors to participate in leadership, management and quality improvement opportunities. Examples of our activities include:

  • Providing trainee representation on committees and groups within the hospital e,g, learning lessons group, clinical guidelines group, mortality improvement group
  • Signposting quality improvement training opportunities including local training days, the QI forum, online training and regional QI training days
  • Encouraging trainees to develop their own quality improvement projects.
  • Setting up a programme for shadowing senior managers
  • Setting up trainees’ fora to promote opportunities within clinical service units (CSUs) and address issues that affect trainees

We hope that our activities may improve the opportunities available to trainees whilst they are at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. We see our work as complementary to the mess which aims to improve morale and sociability, and BMA activities which help safeguard issues around workforce deployment and rotas. Some of our members are involved in BMA activities and mess activities also, although this work is separate to the Junior Doctor Body.

Why was the Junior Doctor Body set up?

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust employs around 950 trainees. There are lots of opportunities for trainees to develop themselves further in leadership, management and quality improvement within the trust but these are not widely known. Informal discussions with senior managers at the trust revealed a genuine desire to engage trainees in the work of the trust in a way that isn’t always apparent on the shop floor.

We aimed to set up a group of enthusiastic trainees who would themselves be offered opportunities that might otherwise be hard to come by, but would be outward facing, and help to encourage trainees to participate in activities that are beneficial for their overall development. In addition, it allows us to give a voice to a group that does much of the day to day work in the trust.

We recognise that outside formal leadership roles that trainees may apply for out of programme, it is difficult to get experience in leadership, management and quality improvement whilst working as a junior doctor, and we aim to offer a range of opportunities in these areas. Those who are most keen in taking advantage of these opportunities may wish to join the Junior Doctor body or assist with major projects, whilst some doctors may wish only to gain some experience to cover curriculum requirements and we can highlight suitable opportunities for these doctors also.

Who makes up the Junior Doctor Body?

The Junior Doctor Body was set up by clinical leadership fellows and the “Chief Medical Registrar.”  who found that there were many opportunities available to them that hadn’t been visible in their previous clinical roles.

The ideal is to have at least one junior doctor from each clinical service unit (CSU) within the hospital regularly attending meetings and acting as a spokesperson for all junior doctors working in that CSU.

The aim is that the member of the junior doctor body for each CSU should form links with their clinical director or other senior managers within the CSU. In addition, we have more junior members to fully represent the range of experience amongst junior doctors. The group is sponsored by Yvette Oade, the Chief Medical Officer, who attends meetings where possible and has close links with the leadership of the group. In addition, senior managers across the trust are invited to attend meetings and offer their perspectives on issues relevant to junior doctors.

Is this related to the Junior Doctor Contract?

Not specifically, LTHT has the Junior doctors forum for matters relating to junior doctors contracts. Rammina Yassaie is involved in this and also helps run the JDB as a separate project.

What makes us think this group will be successful?

There are examples of similar groups being set up across the country. Some of these have been successful initially, but then lost momentum as trainees rotated. Some of them did not have the support of the trust. We hope that the following features should ensure sustainability

  • The group is sponsored by the Chief Medical Officer and has close links with senior management. LTHT has wanted to set up something along these lines for some while.
  • The continued input from our clinical leadership fellows and the chief registrar who chairs the meetings.

Upcoming meetings


December 22nd 14:30 – 16:30, Seminar Room 5, Ground Floor of Gledhow Wing, SJUH

January 23rd 14:30 – 16:30, Meeting Room 101 (Take Heat Seminar Room), level F, Jubilee Wing, LGI

February 20th 14:30 – 16:30, Meeting Room 50, level 7 Bexley Wing, SJUH

March 20th 14:30 – 16:30, Meeting Room 36, Level 0B Clarendon Wing, LGI

April 17th 14:30 – 16:30, Thackray Annex Meeting Room 02, next to Thackray Medical Museum, SJUH

May 29th 14:30 – 16:30, Meeting Room 101 (Take Heat Seminar Room), level F, Jubilee Wing, LGI

June 19th 14:30 – 16:30, Thackray Annex Meeting Room 02, next to Thackray Medical Museum, SJUH

July 24th 14:30 – 16:30, Meeting Room 015, Level 7 Bexley Wing, SJUH


For the Agenda from a previous meeting to get an idea of things we cover click this link: