HCSA urges profession to build case for change for Doctors at Work

HCSA has launched a new research project aimed a measuring the current impact of pressures on the profession.

President Dr Claudia Paoloni has encouraged all members and non-members to take part so that the association can identify and act on some of the most important issues facing us as the medical workforce.

The 2021 Doctors at Work survey gives hospital doctors an opportunity to set out the current situation locally and also to share anonymously the impact of the past 18 months on their own health and wellbeing.

This is the first stage in a longer-term HCSA strategy focused on supporting members in a health service facing unprecedented pressures from Covid and recovery work.

The findings will also be used to support HCSA’s submission to the 2022 DDRB process, which despite significant concerns the association shall continue to contribute to.

Following on from an indicative ballot on pay earlier in the year, HCSA is also currently drafting a separate strategy on recruitment, retention and morale which we shall share with members shortly.

HCSA President Dr Claudia Paoloni said: “It is essential that we gain a true picture of the situation on the ground in order to be able to promote the need for action.

“We also intend to adopt a greater focus on campaigning in the new year and this research will be a building block for that work.

“HCSA is a union for hospital doctors, run by hospital doctors. The voice of our members is one of the most vital assets we have to represent the interests of our profession.

“We are urging all members to take part in the Doctors at Work survey, and to share widely with colleagues.”

Hospital doctors, participate in the survey here: