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27 February 2017
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Promoting transparency and innovation - introducing ‘JuniorReviews’

Steven Alderson, Anaesthetics trainee and National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow and Peter Lees

The work of FMLM and our membership community - from senior medical leaders to medical students - are shaped and informed by an important set of values. In particular, we believe in the importance of transparency in challenging the status quo to drive innovation, and in supporting and encouraging the contributions of all to drive excellence in healthcare.

It is with these values in mind that we introduce the latest work to emerge from National Medical Directors’ Clinical Fellows, past and present.

JuniorReviews is a groundbreaking medical education and training website developed by current and former fellows placed with Health Education England, the GMC, and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

It exists to support doctors in medical education and training, improve morale and to help build and strengthen relationships between doctors-in-training and the wider NHS.

It aims to achieve this by transforming how we collate and use trainee feedback. Specifically, it allows trainees to provide transparent, moderated, online feedback about their training. It collates, analyses, and publishes existing data on training quality, and it helps organisations involved in training to respond directly to the feedback and ideas of a community of dedicated clinicians.

The project has brought together NHS leaders, junior and senior, along with established web-based medical platforms, individual trusts - including Derby NHS Trust, the University Hospital of the North Midlands and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust - and trainee associations.

To date, since launch, has amassed 60,000 hits; over 7,500 ratings and more than 600 detailed training reviews by trainees passionate about where they train, and what they do.

With your help, though, this project could achieve even more.

We would like to invite medical leaders from all career grades to support this bold initiative - by visiting the site, providing feedback, and encouraging their own junior doctors to use it.

The junior doctors’ contract dispute has clearly demonstrated the need for change in medical education and training. Together, we can help make the vision and values of FMLM a reality, at a time when they have never been needed more.

Find out more at or on Twitter @junior_reviews.

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