Out of hours (OOH) on call

All registrars in the West Midlands are required to undertake on call shifts on the Health Protection out of hours rota.

Before the completion of training, all registrars must have completed 50 OOH shifts on the rota, which includes a mixture of both weekday night shifts and weekend shifts. Each year a full time registrar will typically undertake 40 shifts over a 12 month period. However, registrars may currently opt to do on call out of hours shifts at a reduced frequency if they will still meet the minimum shift requirement before the end of training  (e.g. full time registrars may request to do OOH on call at 80% whole time equivalent) but pay for on call will reflect this.

During OOH on call shifts, all those on call must be able to travel to locations that may host an Incident Coordination Centre (ICC), multi-agency co-ordination group, Strategic Coordinating Group (SCG), Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) or Incident Management Team meeting (IMT) within 2 hours. For example, Public Health England offices, Police Headquarters.

The ICC Sites currently would be based in Birmingham, with Kidderminster or Stafford as back up locations. SCGs would be at Stafford (ST18 0YY), Birmingham (B5 7RN), Worcester (WR3 8SP), or Warwick (CV34 4JH). There is also the potential for us to attend TCGs at Birmingham, Telford, Shrewsbury, Bedworth, Rugby, Leamington Spa, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Hereford, Stafford, Stone and Stoke.”

When there is a request to attend an ICC, SCG, STAC, or IMT, the OOH team will seek clarification if this can be done remotely. Where possible the OOH team will aim to join by teleconference facilities. If we are required to attend a site, the consultant on call will attempt to attend themselves. If this is not possible e.g. due to distance or another urgent commitment, the consultant will identify the most appropriate member of the OOH team to attend the meeting (based on experience and location), which may include the registrar in training. At the earliest convenience, the consultant will attend the meeting wherever possible. The consultant remains responsible for the HPT’s response whoever attends the meeting.

If you have any queries regarding health protection on call arrangements please feel free to contact Carol Chatt, Consultant in Health Protection at carol.chatt@phe.gov.uk