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Consultant Job Planning

News and presentations from todays conference chaired by Dr Umesh Prabhu, Consultant Paediatrician, Medical Director for more than 15 years, and Medical Adviser for International Recruitment.

Pre-event abstract:
Getting job plan right is the crucial step. The purpose of job plan is to have honest and sincere discussion by both the parties and to make sure patients get the safe and the best care and doctors are paid properly and both organisation and the doctor gets the best out of these discussions.
Today, medicine is a complex and the doctor is unable to provide good care without good team to support or help him/her.
Most doctors work hard under very difficult circumstances. There is constant shortage of juniors, rota gaps, poor team of nurses in the theatres, locum doctors and so on.
It is equally important for the Trust to get good value for the money. 
It is important that all doctors are paid properly for the work they do and there is fairness in the way job planning is done.
There is a clearly defined policy and proceedures and process to conduct job planning and appeal process 
Purpose of the job plan is not to save money or for consultants to demand more and more. The purpose is to have honest, sincere two way discussion with mutual respect and trust and to make sure doctor is able to speak honestly and sincerely as to how he/she can provide safe and the best care and dat to day challenges he/she faces and for the CD to discuss Trust point of view with evidence and to make sure Trust gets the best value for the money and patients get the safe and the best care.
Simple tips
1. Set clear ground rules as to what is DCC, SPA
2 Agree these definitions with LNC
3 Make sure everyone knows and follows them
4 Be fair
5 Be honest and sincere
6 Listen carefully
7 Help and support the doctor and the team
8 Provide evidence
9 Be constructive and come out win-win situation
10 Get the best value for the money
11 If you work together you get the best outcome
12 If you don't work together you will get the worst outcome and it is patients, team and the organisation suffers
13.Seek help and advise and do not impose.
14. Employer has to be reasonable and employer has to be reasonable

Job Planning driving improvement: Ensuring success for consultants, the service and for improved patient care
Dr Emma Whicher,
Regional Medical Director (London), NHS Improvement
Full Power point presentation  

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