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Guardian for Safer Working

The Guardian of Safe Working Hours has been introduced to protect patients and doctors by making sure Doctors in Training are not working unsafe hours
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Your guardian for Safer working hours is Mr Simon Monkhouse.

Mr Monkhouse is a Consultant Upper GI and laparoscopic surgeon. His specialist interests are in bariatric surgery and complex upper GI conditions such as intrathoracic stomach, gallstones and acid reflux.

He was appointed as a consultant of the Trust in 2014.

The Guardian of Safe Working Hours has been introduced to protect patients and doctors by making sure Doctors in Training are not working unsafe hours.

To do this, the guardian will:

  • Act as the champion of safe working hours receive your exception reports for any patient safety or working hours concerns, and record and monitor compliance against your terms and conditions
  • Escalate issues to the relevant executive director, or equivalent for decision and action intervene to reduce any identified risks to you or your patients’ safety
  • Undertake a work schedule review where there are regular or persistent breaches in safe working hours
  • Distribute monies received as a consequence of financial penalties, to improve your training and service experience.

The Guardian of Safe Working Hours will be holding monthly meetings, which the trainee reps across the Trust will be automatically invited to. All Doctors in Training are welcome to attend any of these meetings, and the dates will be advertised here.


You can contact Mr Monkhouse at [email protected]

Training and Educational Requirements

If you are unable to meet your training and educational requirements as set out in your work schedule.

Medical resourcing will issue you with log ins to raise exception reports, if you do not receive these please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Junior Doctors Contract

Exception Reporting Flow Chart

You are encouraged to complete exception reports to the Trust and the Guardian if your rota / placement does not allow you to work to the hours set out in your work schedule.

Exception Reporting – Doctors Guide

You will be issued with a log in on starting to enable you to raise exception reports. Please refer to the below guide for further instructions.

Contract & Terms

Details of your new junior doctors contract and terms of conditions can be accessed here.

Rota Guidance

One page guide on rota guidance.

Work Schedules

You will be sent personalised work schedules which will detail your pay, rota and training opportunities for each post. Please find attached a template of a work schedule.

Work Schedules Pre-Employment

This explains the process of completion of your work schedules pre employment.

Work Schedule Once in Post

This explains the process of review of your work schedule once in post. You will note that your educational supervisor has overall responsibility for you meeting your educational needs as laid out in the work schedule. They will though delegate this responsibility to your clinical supervisor as they will be able to discuss with you your specific educational needs and confirm how the department can meet them in that specialty. Please ensure that you upload your completed work schedule to your e-portfolio.

Education Campus Reception

01737 231722

SASH Education Campus
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Trust Headquarters
East Surrey Hospital

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