Congratulations to Gillian Scanlan on a further article from her programme of PhD studies, published in the BMJ Open.
This study undertook a qualitative analysis of the stories shared by UK early career doctors, about their perceptions of the working and learning environments. The aim was to explore what a supportive culture means to early career doctors, and how perceptions of support may influence career decision making.
The study found perceived support in the early stages of postgraduate training was critical to whether doctors applied for higher training and/or intended to stay working in the NHS. These findings have transferable messages to other contexts struggling to recruit and retain junior doctors.