Common Jobs

Breaking Bad News

As a junior doctor, you will have face situations where you have to convey potentially distressing information, whether it is explaining a diagnosis or blood...

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Dealing with a complaint

As an FY1, you will receive a complaint. Usually, these are informal, "I'm unhappy with the care delivered" from a relative or the patient. I...

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Death Certification

After a patient has died you may be asked to complete the death certificate. It may be issued by a doctor who has provided care...

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Death Verification

As a new F1 in August, it can feel like quite a daunting task to verify a death, particularly if you have never seen this...

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Discharge Planning

It is important for junior doctors to understand what the discharge planning process involves so you can have an active role in multidisciplinary team meetings....

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Documentation

Medical documentation should authentically represent every consultation and is primarily intended to support patient care. Good record-keeping means you or a colleague can reconstruct key...

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ePortfolio

Your eportfolio is a tool to store and record evidence that demonstrates your progress, clinical competencies and reflections. Try to add to your portfolio on...

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Essential Apps

Here’s a list of apps that are in order of how essential we find them. There’s probably more out there so drop us a comment...

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Fluid Balance

Almost every patient admitted to hospital receives IV fluids at some point in their journey. However, the body manages this, without the need for careful...

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Handover

Handover occurs between shifts to ensure everyone is up to speed with patients. The exact nature of how it occurs varies greatly by hospital &...

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How to teach medical students

Balancing your workload as a junior doctor whilst teaching medical students effectively is difficult so here are some tips! ContentsPortfolio requirementsExample feedback form to customise...

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Leadership

Although it can be scary to take on a leadership role, it is an essential role of junior doctors and a great opportunity to develop...

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Mental Capacity

Mental Capacity is the ability to make your own decisions at the time at which the decision needs to be made. The mental capacity act...

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Microbiology Discussions

A lot of your time as an FY1 will be spent on the phone to various other specialities. You’ll come across patients with infections in...

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Morbidity & Mortality Meetings

M&M meetings discuss the outcomes of patients and mortality rates, with the view to improving clinical care, quality control and professional education. Their purpose is...

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On Call Tips

FY1s are usually most apprehensive about being on call, but it is also the shift you will usually learn the most. Predominantly as an FY1...

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Pneumothorax

A pneumothorax is defined as the abnormal collection of air between the visceral and parietal space of the lung i.e. the pleural space. It typically...

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Pre & Post Operative Care

As a junior doctor, you will frequently look after patients prior to and after their operation. You may be asked to clerk patients who are...

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Prioritising Jobs

I’m going to try and be as generic as possible so that hopefully these tips work across different specialities and settings for both in &...

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Referral Cheat Sheet

Our referral cheat sheet is our most popular resource having been downloaded thousands of times! It has key information to provide when referring to every...

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Referrals

Often one of the scariest things you can do as you will most likely be speaking to a more senior colleague in an unfamiliar speciality....

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Self-discharge

Frequently patients wish to self-discharge from hospitals. This article pertains to adult patients only (18y+) and these patients can be broadly split into three groups:...

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Sharps Injuries

Sharps injuries happen when you least expect them. You can’t always prevent them but you can do a lot to reduce the risk. It might...

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Surviving Ward Rounds

It takes time to get used to the ward round. Particularly, when patients are being seen so fast it seems impossible to document properly. The...

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Understanding Types of Homes

Patients may live or be discharged to a wide variety of social care settings and understanding these is important for any foundation doctor. This can...

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