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Stress among UK consultant urologists and factors influencing when they leave full-time NHS practice.

Payne, S. R., Kane, A., Thomas, K., Bolderston, H., Greville-Harris, M. and Turner, K. J., 2023. Stress among UK consultant urologists and factors influencing when they leave full-time NHS practice. Journal of Clinical Urology. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1177/20514158231190949


Objective: The UK medical workforce is in crisis. The number of surgeons in National Health Service (NHS) practice has decreased, partly because newly qualified doctors withdraw from the workforce, and partly because of the early retirement of experienced surgeons. The reasons for urological trainee loss are largely known, but stress factors influencing the retirement of consultants before state pension age (SPA) are not. Methods: An online survey of the consultant membership of the British Association of Urological Surgeons was carried out over a 12-week period starting in September 2020. Information was sought regarding stresses at work and home, together with factors affecting retirement decisions. Data analysis was performed if > 90% of questions were complete. Results: Overall, 36.5% of 1374 invitees completed the survey. Workplace-based issues were the main causes of stress: on-call, an unsupportive working environment, complaint handling and poor relations with hospital managers were predominant factors which were exacerbated by punitive taxation. Experienced urologists ameliorated these factors by reducing their contracted activity, increasing part-time working and, ultimately, retiring before SPA. Conclusions: Workplace-based factors are associated with stress reported by consultant urologists. Alleviation of stressor factors, especially those related to on-call activity, should be explored to reduce the erosion of the senior workforce. Level of evidence: Not applicable.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Workforce; urologist; job plan; career dynamics; on-call commitment; stress; retirement
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:38921
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:01 Sep 2023 09:08
Last Modified:01 Sep 2023 09:08


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