Welcoming Our New Junior Doctors

More than 50 junior doctors are set to take to the wards across NHS Forth Valley this week.

Fifty-one first-year foundation doctors have been taking part in induction and shadowing opportunities over the last week before starting work in local wards as part of their ongoing development and medical training.

The first-year foundation doctors, who come from across the UK, including London and Belfast, will work on rotations through several specialities including medicine, surgery and anaesthesia.

Pictured are four of them during a shadowing and training day – Jenna Paterson, Julia Hegarty, Daniel Johnstone and Samii Ross, all of whom say they are very excited to be in NHS Forth Valley as they have heard good things about Forth Valley Royal Hospital or have worked here before as medical students and were looking forward to returning.

After completing medical school, junior doctors have to complete a two-year foundation programme in both hospital and primary care, where they gain a wide range of experience before deciding on which areas they want to focus on in the future.

Dr Kate Patrick, Director of Medical Education at NHS Forth Valley, said: “I’m delighted to welcome our newly qualified doctors to NHS Forth Valley this week to continue their training and gain valuable experience working alongside a wide range of colleagues and teams across local wards and departments.”

Mr Andrew Murray, Medical Director at NHS Forth Valley, said: “These junior doctors are a key part of our future medical workforce and will make an important contribution to local wards, departments and services over the next year.

“I know they will receive a very warm welcome from local teams and patients as they embark on the next chapter of their careers.”