trust-grade doctor

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trust-grade doctor

A now-retired term for a doctor in the UK who is at the logistical end in terms of career development, and not expected to ever be in a position to take a substantive post in the UK (i.e., as a consultant).
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Partly to circumvent manpower planning mechanisms involving overall targets for the proportion of staff and associate specialist doctors within trusts, and also due to resource pressures, many trusts have created new grades of doctors with non-standard terms and conditions of service.
And without these middle grades we would be faced with a huge on-call crisis as it is typically staff and associate specialists who do the anti-social shifts and emergency work.
There are about 12,500 staff and associate specialist doctors in the UK - most work long and unsociable hours - and they are distinct from both junior doctors and consultants.

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