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BREAKING NEWS:  JMO FOCUS GROUPS - an opportunity for JMOs to improve workplace culture

Last year, NSW Health surveyed a large number of JMOs about issues impacting on their well being, and the results, which were released several months ago, highlighted a number of significant problems. One of these was the issue of bullying and harrassment. The survey results suggest that JMOs at Westmead are more likely than average, to experience or witness bullying and harassment in the workplace.

In response to this, the hospital has commissioned an external consultant, Dr Jo Hely, to help unpack this problem by talking to JMOs, identifying common themes and seeking solutions from the JMO body. Dr Hely will be at the hospital for 4-5 days spread out over the next month during which she will facilitate focus groups and conduct one on one interviews. This has already occurred with the pre-vocational trainees on 17th July, and each of the major training programs will also be targeted.

Individuals are welcome to meet with Dr Hely and this should be organised through Loren Cleaves (Loren.Cleaves@health.nsw.gov.au, 88905005), who will liaise directly with Dr Hely. Naturally, all conversations will be completely confidential.

So, if you are intern or RMO and want to contribute but missed out on 17th July, feel free to contact Loren Cleaves or Dr Baker and we'll organise it for you.

Read Westmead's Chief Medical Officer's comment about this here 

19th June 2018 BPT - EXPECTATIONS AS AN RMO1

RACP.jpgIt you are interested in BPT training and want more information about what the college requirements are in your RMO1 year, there was a representative from the college talking about this very issue at Midday 19th June in Lecture Theatre 3 for 30 minutes.

This was useful for RMOs who have already signed up with the college, who are still not clear on what the college expects of you this year – and also for interns, if you are interested in BPT training and wanted to find out more about the expectations in your RMO year.

The presentation was given by Isabel Roos – the RACP Member Support Officer. She was friendly and informative and can be contacted on Isabel.Roos@racp.edu.au

Cristina Ciobanu – our current Medical Clinical Superintendent - was also on hand to answer questions. The clinical super – if you didn’t know - is the person who organises the BPTs, so an important person to be aware of. Her email is cristina.ciobanu@health.nsw.gov.au

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LISTEN TO THE AUDIO
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5th June 2018 CV PREPARATION TUTORIAL

CV sample TN.jpgCommencing on 5th of June Dr Baker will be running or hosting a series of Tutorials around topics to assist you through the annual recruitment nightmare.

The first session will be presented by representatives from the AMA and will cover writing a CV. The session will be at 4:30 on Tues 5th June in Theatre 4. The AMA will be providing afternoon tea.

This session should be of immediate interest to any RMO applying for a hospital job next year, but interns, or more senior staff are also very welcome to attend.

If you cannot attend next Tuesday, don't worry - I will be running encore performances within the next fortnight, with the next session booked for Wed 13th at 5pm

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31 May 2018 NEW IV FLUID CHART NEXT WEEK


NSW Health Adult Fluid Order Form Small.jpgOn 5 June 2018 WSLHD is rolling out the NSW Health Adult Fluid Order form. This form will replace the WSLHD Intravenous Fluid Orders form - WSHR-2597.

All facilities/areas/services currently using the WSLHD Intravenous Fluid Orders form will be required to commence using the NSW Health Adult Fluid Order form from this date for all new presentation/admissions. Current inpatients whose medication/fluids are prescribed on an existing WSLHD Intravenous Fluid Orders form at the date of implementation can continue to use the WSLHD form until it is completed, then commence prescribing on the NSW Health Adult Fluid Order form.

With the exception of designated areas / services the NSW Health Adult Fluid Order form should be used for the prescribing of:
  • Fluids
  • Fluids with medication added e.g. electrolytes or medication infusions, with the exception of S8 drugs
  • Blood and blood products

Designated areas/services not mandated to use the NSW Adult Fluid Order form include ICU, HDU's co-located within an ICU, OT and paediatric & neonatal services. The NSW Health Adult Fluid Order form should be used in conjunction with the Daily Fluid Balance Chart and any other infusion monitoring forms as appropriate e.g. Therapeutic Heparin Management form.

Administration of medication/fluids required during the course of a clinical emergency can be commenced without prior charting on the NSW Health Adult Fluid Order Chart. Note: All fluids must be documented as appropriate as soon as practical post clinical emergency

More information can be viewed on the Hospitals Intranet site - Click here if you are on a hospital computer

30 May 2018 BPT INFORMATION NIGHTS

JMOs who are considering applying for a BPT job next year should be aware that each of the BPT Networks will hold an information night, starting in about 4 weeks time. As much as you may want to come back to Westmead, all of you should apply to more than one Network, and attendance at their information night is one step towards showing your interest and bettering your chances of getting an interview.

The schedule, which is not yet complete - as RPA and Westmead still haven't published their dates - can be found on the HETI website. Just Google "HETI BPT" or click here.

30 May 2018 INFORMATION ABOUT ANNUAL RECRUITMENT

Information about the annual recruitment process has now been posted on the NSW Health Department Website. This gives you a broad overview of how the process works, and also a schedule which gives you a rough indication of when the interview for the jobs which you intend to apply for will be held.

Google NSW JMO Recruitment or click here for more details.

14th April 2018 NSW HEALTH JMO SURVEY REPORT NOW AVAILALBE

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In November last year, NSW Health conducted a statewide survey of all Junior Medical Staff, focusing on well being, training and supervision.

The results have been now been released on line you will find them at the following link: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/workforce/culture/Pages/JMO-Survey.aspx

I have summarised some of the major findings in a powerpoint presentation which will be circulated and discussed at the next PCTC on Monday 30th April.

All JMOs are invited to attend the PCTC &/or to provide feedback about the survey results or suggestions for improvement. You can do this directly to me or through your JMO Forum representations, Nick Allen or Lucy Geraghty.

Slightly more detailed reports have been provided for WSLHD and also for Westmead. Should you want to see a copy, simply e-mail your request to Dr Ros Crampton's assistant, Loren Cleaves at wslhd-wams@health.nsw.gov.au

If you think changes need to be made to the system - there will never be a better time, so make sure you voice is heard.

NSW JMO SURVEY REPORT


13th April 2018 2019 JMO RECRUITMENT & INTERVIEW DATES NOW AVAILABLE

The Ministry of Health has now published the key dates for the 2019 recruitment campaign. This can be found by searching "NSW JMO Recruitment 2019" or by clicking the following link:
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/jmo/Pages/dates.aspx

All applications will be on line. Advertising will commence on Jul 19th and close August 20th.
Interviews for most of the jobs which RMOs will be interested in commence after August 27th, eg:
  • Surgical Skills SRMO: Wed 29th - Fri 31st Aug
  • BPTs:  Tues 4th - Thurs 6th Sep
  • ED & Crit Care: Wed 29th Aug - Fri 7th Sep
  • Paeds:  Tues 28th - Fri 31st Aug

For all other positions go to the link above. RMOs are advised to check this site from time to time over the next few months as additional information about the recruitment may be added.

12th April 2018 SURGICAL WARDS MOVE TO B6

As of Thursday 12th April the General Surgical ward as well as the Orthopaedic ward will be moving up to the newly refurbished Level 6 in Block B
  • Surgery moves from B3c to B6c
  • Orthopaedics moves from D4a to B6a

All JMOs are asked to consider the impact of this move on the after hours ward distribution. Prior to this move, RSU had received feedback that the after hours workload was becoming imbalanced - SSI was getting more busy and SI less so.

These recent ward movements may provide a trigger for more rationally re-alligning the after hours ward responsibilities, based on both workload and geography. If you have any thoughts about this matter, or suggestions for improvement, please contact Dr Baker on andrew.baker@health.nsw.gov.au or click on this FEEDBACK FORM

26th March 2018 POWERCHART UPGRADE - CONSULTATION WITH JMOS

There is a planned upgrade to Powerchart in 6 months and this has the potential to significantly impact on the way in which JMOs interact with powerchart. A consultative process has now commenced to allow the hospital to influence the way in which this upgrade is developed. 

Items under discussion included:
  • New layout for Patient Lists
  • New Layout for Patient Summary Page
  • New Discharge Summary Templates
  • Resuscitation Plans
  • Glucose Management Dashboard

More information will be circulated as it becomes available


If you want to participate in the feedback process, or want to attend any of the consultation meeting. or just have any bright ideas, please phone or email Dr Baker on andrew.baker @health.nsw.gov.au

28 March 2018 GP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN


GP Training TN.jpgFor those interested in a Career in General Practice, applications are now open and run from March 28 to April 30th. The appplication process is outlines on the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) website below with further details on the websites of the College of GPs and the College of Rural and Remote medicine

For new interns, if you are know you are interested in a career in General Practice, over even if it is just a strong contender among several competing options, now is the time to be thinking about applying, even though your actual first general practice attachment would still be almost 2 years away.


DOWNLOAD THE GP SYNERGY PRESENTATION HERE
LINK TO AGPT WEBSITE
LINK TO RACGP WEBSITE
LINK TO ACRRM - Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine
LINK TO GP SYNERGY WEBSITE - NSW GP Training Provider

20 March 2018 NEW ROSTERING RULES BEING CONSIDERED BY THE MOH


You should be aware that at the end of 2017, the Ministry of Health introduced new restrictions around maximum shift length (14hrs), and minimum breaks between shifts (10hrs)

They are now looking at developing new restrictions around
  • maximum number of consecutive rostered nights
  • minimum days off after a run of nights
  • maximum number of consecutive days on duty

If you have any feedback about these topics, please contact Dr Andrew Baker via e-mail or text message

13 March 2018 GP INFORMATION SESSION

A GP information session was held on Tues 13th March with a presentation from one of the GP Trainers and a current GP trainee (in rural General Practice). This talk was  timed to co-incide with the commencement of applications for the 2019 GP training program, which runs from March 28 to April 30th.

For new interns, if you are interested in General Practice, now is the time to be applying, even though your actual 1st general practice attachment is still almost 2 years away.

The session was recorded with the slides and audio posted below

DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION HERE
LINK TO AGPT WEBSITE
LINK TO RACGP WEBSITE
LINK TO ACRRM - Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO 
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RURAL GENERAL PRACTICE
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6th March 2018 2ND JMO ROSTERING BEST PRACTICE WORKSHOP

The Ministry of Health hosted its 2nd JMO rostering best practice workshop with broad representation from JMOs, JMO managers and DPETs across the state. These workshops are one of the initiatives flowing from the Ministry's JMO Well Being Plan.

Items under discussion included:
  • Workload intensity and managing fluctuations in workload
  • Unrostered overtime
  • The nature of intern tasks and task allocation

If you have any questions or any opinions which you would like fed back to the Ministry, or to Hospital administration, please phone or email Dr Baker on andrew.baker @health.nsw.gov.au

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