Key tips and pointers if you're starting practise

 

We’ve put together advice on key concepts for those who are new to practise. 

Look after yourself, so you can look after your patients

 

When doctors look after their wellbeing it positively impacts patient care. Remember to focus on your own health.

It’s okay to ask questions

 

No doctor is expected to know everything. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or raise issues with colleagues.

Speak up if something seems wrong

 

Learn who to talk to if things don’t seem right where you’re working. And find out what to do if you don’t think it’s been taken seriously enough.

Get to grips with key processes early

Understand the key processes in your workplace relating to your ethical and legal responsibilities early.

Keep useful information in your phone

Add the numbers you’ll need, such as your clinical and educational supervisors. You could also save links to guidance you’ll regularly refer to, such as MedSecure information.

Think about what to wear for your shift

Follow hospital guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE). Comfy shoes and clothes with pockets will help you focus on the important stuff.

Hi, my name is ...

Introducing yourself to your patients is an important part of compassionate care, and a simple way to build trust.

Remember key issues of consent, capacity and professionalism

Find out about the legal requirements around mental capacity and consent. Be familiar with our Guidances on consent, confidentiality and professionalism. 

Keep good records

Notes are important so everyone, including the patient, has a clear picture. When you’re writing notes, don’t forget that information can later be obtained by the patient through access to information requests.

You're part of a team

Get to know your fellow professionals and support staff, and build a community around yourself.