How do junior doctors experience management of critically ill children?
Dr. Therese Mary William
This case study was the core part of my research project and undertaken as part of my Masters in Medical Education. This research project draws on qualitative methods to explore junior doctors' preparedness for managing critically ill children and identify potential barriers and possible ways for improvement in the future. I have undertaken this research project whilst I was a senior paediatrics specialist registrar working at Health Education East of England (HEEOE). Participants were junior doctors within a period of generic training in paediatrics. The chosen category for this project was from senior house officer at the first and second year of training(ST1 and ST2). Junior doctors were offered to participate in individual interviews after receiving the project information sheet and after voluntary signing a consent form. Due to time constraints at the workplace and in order not to compromise patient care delivery, this project was discussed with junior doctors outside the work-ing hours, during paediatrics regional educational seminars and national conferences where junior doctors gather for teaching and sharing individual experiences.
The framework developed by this research allows us to be more explicit about the tools that can be integrated into clinical training which may help shape the future education to benefit junior doctors' learning needs and improve patients safety.
There are many people I would like to thank who have assisted and contributed to shape this project in some way and gave me assistance during this journey, including all junior doctors who took time to participate with their views. I am so grateful to Dr Wilf Kelsall, the Head of School of Paediat-rics, at Health Education East of England; who gave me a support during this phase of my life, nur-tured my enthusiasm and approved the funding for this project. I was fortunate to have Mr. Anthony Farrant as my project supervisor and Dr. Imogen Davis as a tutor throughout this research project. I am so grateful for their fruitful thoughts and valuable feedback throughout the whole research project, and for encouraging me to complete and publish this project I would like to thank Dr. Helen smith, for her help and valuable suggestions and support when I started this project, which helped me to get the ethical approval of this project without any amendments. I am so grateful for the assistance and support I got from all administrative team at all sites.
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