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Junior Doctor Advisory Team

Since the implementation of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD), rotas and working hours have undergone change and improvement. To help with this transition in the North West the EWTD medical workforce team, now called the Junior Doctor Advisory Team, was formed in August 2007.

The team consists of three junior doctors, taking an out-of-programme-experience, and a project officer.

The Junior Doctor Advisory Team (JDAT) provides independent guidance to both trainees and trusts across the North West regarding work patterns, the junior doctors’ contract and achieving European Working Time Directive (EWTD) compliance.

The team consists of three junior doctors: Liam Morris, Gemma Buston, Caroline Panto, who are undertaking management and leadership fellowships. All have a strong interest in service improvement, medical education and medical leadership. As junior doctors themselves they have unique insight into the need to balance service provision with training and personal needs. Through their roles they promote effective collaboration between front line clinical staff, trusts and HEE. They cover all the trusts across the North West (former Mersey and North Western deaneries) and provide advice to trainees and trust HR/medical staffing departments on EWTD and New Deal regulations, assisting in rota design and facilitating the sign-off of amendments to rotas throughout the region.

This eWIN good practice case study gives an easy-to-understand summary and description of the JDAT. If you are a junior doctor in need of advice or a member of medical staffing with a question about rota design or banding issues please contact us. The easiest and quickest way to contact the team is via e-mail at jdat.nw@hee.nhs.uk. The team aims to acknowledge receipt of your e-mail as soon as possible and will answer your question as soon as they can.

Dr Liam Morris, Management and Leadership Fellow

Liam has recently completed his ST5 year in Gastroenterology in the North West of England. Having undertaken all of his training in the North West, Liam is aware of the demographics of the region and the issues that trainees can face. He has completed numerous service development projects which have positively impacted patient care. He is passionate about medical education and has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education. Liam is interested in medical leadership and has taken roles as the STSC trainee representative for the Gastroenterology trainees in the North West. He was also elected as the North West representative for the BSG trainees section, a committee of gastroenterology trainees who plan educational events for their peers.

Whilst a member of JDAT, Liam hopes to offer support to junior doctors and trusts around the region to ensure that working patterns are acceptable to all parties. Alongside this important aspect of the role, Liam hopes to involve himself in innovative projects around the region which will improve education, the working lives of junior doctors and patient care.


Dr Gemma Buston, Management and Leadership Fellow

Gemma recently completed Foundation Training in the North West, rotating through several trusts within the region. She is passionate about medical education and has delivered a number of teaching programmes to her peers throughout her undergraduate and foundation training. She currently sits on the ‘Asked To See Patient’ teaching programme committee and contributes to national implementation of the scheme as well as continuing its development across the North West. Through multiple service improvement projects, she has become interested in medical leadership and she recently completed the NHS Leadership Academy Edward Jenner Foundations Programme.

During her time with the team, Gemma is hoping to help implement effective and sustainable changes to junior doctors’ lives, through close collaboration with doctors, Trust management teams and Health Education England; ultimately aiming to help improve service delivery and patient care.


Dr Caroline Panto, Management and Leadership Fellow

Caroline has recently completed Broad Based Training in the North West. She completed her Foundation Training in Wales following attending Cardiff University. Her time spent in multiple specialties in different areas of the country has exposed to her to a wide breadth of current clinical practice. This experience has inspired and enabled her to transfer knowledge and ideas across trusts/specialties and consequently be involved in multiple service improvement projects. Leading on projects and implementing change has developed her interest in medical leadership which she pursuing further during her time as a Medical Management and Leadership Fellow.  Caroline has taken an active role in teaching both medical students and her peers and is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education.

As part of the Junior Doctor Advisory Team, Caroline hopes to work with both trainees and trusts to assist in this time of change with the aim of improving working lives of junior doctors while optimising patient care.


Debbie Grove – Project Officer

Debbie joined the team in April 2013, she works part time (working days are Tuesday- Thursday).

  • Telephone Number: 0161 625 7645
  • Fax Number: 0161 625 7502 or 7510


Office Postal Address

Junior Doctor Advisory Team
Health Education North West
3rd Floor, Three Piccadilly Place
M1 3BN

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