Fight Fatigue campaign urges NHS to improve working conditions

Health Education England becomes latest backer of initiative

Health Education England becomes latest backer of initiative

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A campaign to raise awareness of the impact of fatigue and shift work on NHS staff is gaining momentum.

The Fight Fatigue campaign was set up following the death of a trainee anaesthetist who fell asleep while driving home tired after a night shift in 2015.

Health Education England (HEE), the organisation responsible for the training and education of NHS staff, has been announced as the latest backer for the campaign.

Survey highlights extent of accidents or near misses after night shifts

Fight Fatigue was set up by the Association of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.  

The campaign has highlighted a 2017 survey of more than 2,000 anaesthetist trainees, which revealed that 57% had experienced an accident or near miss when driving home after a night shift. 

Working together to improve conditions for staff

Association of Anaesthetists president Kathleen Ferguson welcomed the support from HEE.

She said: ‘We hope that by taking responsibility collectively for making changes to working practice, we can improve working conditions for all staff, which will in turn benefit patient care.

‘We urge all our colleagues in the NHS to back our campaign and ensure everyone understands the risks of fatigue and how to mitigate them.’

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