The first survey from >48000 doctors in the UK who are either not in a training post or working as Staff Grade or Associate Specialists provide a flavour of their varying work experiences. Unfortunately only 13.5% of them responded (n= 6400). Interestingly 7/10 obtained their primary medical qualification outside of the UK and 58% identified as from Black, Asian or Ethnic Minorities. This group of doctors provide a vital contribution to the safe staffing of hospitals, run essential services and stand back to offer opportunities for 'doctors in training' to achieve their competency goals. In many situations, these doctors provide the on-site, direct support and learning for our most junior trainee doctors.
The results show what is already well-known, acknowledged and currently subject to some improvement initiatives by NHS & HEE. This group of doctors value recognition of their roles above everything else, only <1/3 indicate a desire to obtain Specialist Certification (CESR) and are provided less supervision and opportunities to further their careers compared to other doctors. The BMA charter provide for a framework for Trusts and Primary care to work towards. The incivility they face in their jobs appears to be higher than any other group of doctors.
BAPIO is working closely with NHS, HEE and BMA to provide a voice to this group of doctors and improve their support, professional development, respect and recognition for their contribution.