We welcomed Julian Hartley as a guest speaker at our November meeting. It was a fantastic opportunity to ask him questions and he very clearly demonstrated his total commitment to improving junior doctor morale at LTHT with a vision to make it the best place to train.
He asked us what we think will help LTHT achieve the Leeds vision for junior doctors. Our responses included focussing on high quality trainers, embedding a ‘junior doctor awards ceremony’ in LTHT culture and considering the development of a coaching programme for junior doctors. He was enthusiastic about all of these suggestions and will certainly be attending the junior doctor awards ceremony that the CLFs and myself plan to hold next summer.
We asked what he expected of us as junior doctors and his reply was that he wants junior doctors to feel a valued part of the LTHT team, by reading communications, feeling informed about what is going on trustwide, and getting involved in improvement work and leadership.
He overwhelmingly understands the national underfunding problem and the difficult balance between training and service delivery in part attributable to this.