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Starting F1 in Wales- have period within the next few weeks where I'm working 11 days consecutively (days 1-5 as normal working days, then days 6-7 as weekends on call, then days 8-11 as night shift on call)!

Am I going to have to suck it up? Joke's on them to be honest as I'll have no bloody idea what I'm doing anyway ;-)
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If you were in England then I think this wouldn't be allowed, but Wales hasn't gone onto the new contract so I think this is technically ok. Sounds pretty brutal though!
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Starting F1 in Wales- have period within the next few weeks where I'm working 11 days consecutively (days 1-5 as normal working days, then days 6-7 as weekends on call, then days 8-11 as night shift on call)!

Am I going to have to suck it up? Joke's on them to be honest as I'll have no bloody idea what I'm doing anyway ;-)
I work in Scotland rather than Wales, but that rota does sound plausible - you are supposed to get at least 24 hours of consecutive rest in 1 week and it sounds like your rota does comply with that (you would get more than 24 hour hours off when you switch from days to nights between day 7 and day 8).
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I’ve a couple of sections where I work for 12 days full on -
mon-thurs 9-5,
Fri & sat 9am - 9.30pm,
Sunday & Monday 9-5,
Tuesday 9-9.30,
wed-fri 9-5.
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Devolved nations are on 2002 contract where max consecutive shifts is 12.
England are on 2016 contract where it's max 8 consecutive shifts, soon to be max 7 consecutive shifts (with a caveat it can be 8 in a row with the consent of all the junior docs on that rota).
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I used to do 12 days in a row quite regularly on Cmt and also had a job with 7 nights. Both were brutal. I think 7 days in a row with a weekend of long days and then immediately swapping to nights might be worse. Although it's allowed in Wales, surely the dept need to find a solution. Switching from days to nights is hard and to do it with a level of fatigue already on board is particularly difficult.
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Brutal, but allowed.

This is the kind of thing you start paying attention to when choosing speciality and hospital to work in!
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Not being funny, but you’re an adult now. Part of being an adult is reading and knowing the terms and conditions of your employment.
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That is one good outcome of the new contract, I remember 12 shifts in a row was really grim.
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