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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7145.1680 (Published 30 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1680

The General Medical Council is to consult widely on recommendations from a working group on senior house officer (SHO) training.

SHOs form the largest group of trainees, but the working group's chairman, Professor Andrew Elkington, told the council last week that a lot still remained to be done about their training. The new booklet, The Early Years, would, he said, complement the booklet for preregistration house officers, The New Doctor.

The draft calls for good education and training that is flexible enough to meet SHOs' personal needs and professional aspirations. They should receive suitable careers advice, and relevant clinical and educational supervision, and appropriate provision should be made for their welfare. The booklet includes sections on the purpose, aims, and content of training. It emphasises the importance of supervision and support. SHOs must always have access to a senior colleague who can advise them in any clinical situation.

NHS trusts should ensure that SHOs have suitable on site living facilities; …

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