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Working the night shift: preparation, survival and recovery - A guide for Junior doctors

Working at night is an essential part of providing a comprehensive 24-hour service to patients in the NHS. However, night work requires doctors to remain awake and alert when physiologically programmed to be asleep. Changes to working patterns as a result of implementing the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) also mean that most junior doctors now work full 11- to 13-hour night shifts, rather than on-call, as an integral part of their rotas. On these occasions, junior doctors can expect to stay awake and working throughout the entire night.

The Royal College of Physicians has produced this guidance and further information can also be found here.