In response to reports today (10 October 2017) that consideration is being given to changing the job title of junior doctors, Prof Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and Dr Katherine Walesby, Chair of the College’s Trainees and Members’ Committee, said:

“This College has long supported proposals to change the term ‘junior doctor’ to something that more adequately reflects the experience and training that these healthcare professionals have undertaken. We, therefore, welcome the Oxford Health Alliance’s campaign to change the title and Dame Sally Davies’ support for it.

“Doctors in training are fully-qualified doctors often with many years of experience after graduation. It is essential that this group of doctors are recognised for their contribution to the NHS and the vital role that they play in healthcare teams across the country. Changing their title would also provide more clarity to patients.

“Doctors in training are the future of medicine and their wellbeing and morale are important not just at an individual level but as a reflection of a functioning, sustainable and valued workforce that makes up the NHS.”


  1. The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh aims to improve the quality of patient care. It represents over 12,000 Fellows and Members worldwide, setting standards and influencing health policy. The College helps physicians and related specialties pursue their careers  through a world-renowned education and training programme.

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