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To progress to the next rung on the career ladder trainees are
anonymously processed: boxes are ticked upon finding suitable examples of
audit, case presentation, research and such neatly presented in a
portfolio. The question is when and where should the diligent trainee
labour over that Excel spreadsheet to convert it into a PowerPoint
production? The nurse’s station between clinic and ward round, the library
over lunch (natural break or not), or at home in front of the TV using
your own laptop. Perhaps if trainees were more consistently provided with
the appropriate equipment and time for these non-clinical duties, fewer
would lose data-sticks on the way home.