Aims To evaluate the impact on time spent by junior doctors on administrative tasks before and after the introduction of a new paediatric team assistant
Methods Junior doctors completed a proforma documenting time spent on administrative duties over the course of a standard shift. The nature of the task was also recorded. The same proforma was distributed 1 month after the introduction of a paediatric team assistant, whose duties include assisting with administrative tasks.
Conclusion The introduction of a paediatric team assistant led to a notable drop in the amount and proportion of time spent by junior medical staff on administrative tasks. Such a role can help optimise the training and clinical experience of junior doctors, while still ensuring compliance with the 48-h working week.