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Junior doctors contract and Athena SWAN

Published: 25/04/2016

ECU responds to concerns that changes to junior doctors contract will have equality implications

Concerns have been raised that the changes to junior doctors terms and conditions may inadvertently adversely impact on their ability to pursue a career as a clinical academic; particularly those that have caring responsibilities (who are more likely to be women) and are required to work weekend shifts.

As part of their Athena SWAN applications, medical schools undertake a rigorous process of self-examination and assessment of data to establish where barriers for participation and progression exist. This may include an assessment of factors outside of the direct control of the school, in order to understand how the school itself may develop an action plan to support the participation of all junior doctors to undertake a clinical academic career, regardless of their gender. Whatever is settled on or agreed regarding the junior doctors contract we would expect that medical schools continue this ongoing self reflection.