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G418(P) Paediatric oncology junior doctor confidence survey
  1. C Parfitt
  1. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK


Aims Following a Paediatric Oncology MDT event reviewing themes of ‘Teamwork and Integration’ the department was keen to explore how confident trainees are at managing Oncology patients and how teamwork could be improved within the department.

Methods In October 2013 a Confidence Survey was disseminated to the current cohort of SHOs and SpRs. Confidence and support questions were answered on a scale rating system, and space given for additional comments. Results were analysed and change implemented in January 2014 with re-audit in August 2014.

Results Initial survey numbers were small with a poor response rate (39%). However in those that responded clear themes emerged.

No trainees were aware of when the Oncology MDT meeting occurs, and none felt part of the Oncology team. 66% of trainees felt Oncology teaching and clinical exposure failed to meet their curriculum needs.

In general the registrars felt more confident managing patients and reassuringly most felt supported by the team.

In the free-flow comments, there was demand to attend oncology clinics and spend more time on the Oncology Unit. Trainees requested teaching expansion beyond febrile neutropenia and to include practical advice regarding management plans.

Based on this feedback changes were implemented. This included clearer highlighting of the Oncology department, introduction of weekly ward round attendance for trainees including once a week grand round teaching, teaching sessions allocated to cover curriculum topics, introduction of weekend plan stickers and an individual patient summary front sheet.

Re-audit in August 2014 showed an improved response rate (50%). There was an improvement in awareness of MDT meetings and feeling of teamwork. 70% of trainees felt Oncology teaching and exposure met their needs.

Conclusions The changes clearly show an improvement in both confidence and feeling of support by the Oncology Team. By changing the clinical environment through introduction of daily ward rounds the team is better integrated and ad-hoc teaching has improved. The introduction of the summary sheets and weekend plans has helped on a day-to-day practical basis of managing patients, and has also helped junior doctors gain a better understanding of different conditions and specific management plans.

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