Junior doctors are doctors in training, usually in hospital or general practice.
After completing medical school and gaining registration from the GMC, they work under the supervision of a senior doctor, training to become a consultant, associate specialist, GP or even pursue academic medicine.
Patient safety begins with an awareness among clinicians of how patient safety incidents occur, how they might be prevented, and what to do if a patient is harmed or nearly harmed. Junior doctors are the first point of contact for most patients and need to mitigate against medical error.
Medical Error is a booklet for doctors in training. Junior doctors are often in the best
position to identify how things could work better on the ground.
The guide outlines the key steps to follow if something does go
wrong, including communication, documentation, reporting, learning and
how to handle complaints.
A patient safety education programme has been developed
to increase junior doctors’ knowledge and awareness of patient safety,
which comprises modules on:
- Human error
- Risk assessment
- Safer systems
- What to do when things do go wrong
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