Rota compliance and vacancies

The introduction of the Working Time Directive (WTD) in gradual stages over the last few years has been a key driver for the RCPCH and other medical colleges to look closely at the issues around service delivery.

The RCPCH is fully committed to the European Working Time Directive. Our key aims are to develop safe and sustainable solutions for patients and to ensure that high standards of training are maintained.

As part of this, we monitor rota compliance with the WTD and rota vacancy rates through an annual survey and as a result of the findings the College has developed a Rota Gaps Action Plan.

  • Pie chart of rota compliance and vacancies survey - winter 2015-16

    The full 2015/2016 rota compliance and vacancies survey report can be accessed below.

Rota compliance and vacancies survey reports

Rota compliance and vacancies survey

Full report/findings Other reports/links

Winter 2015/2016

2015/2016 Full report (PDF, 211KB) Press release

Winter 2014/2015

2014/2015 Full report (PDF, 1.51MB)  

Winter 2012/2013

2012/2013 Full report (PDF, 1.09MB)  

Winter 2011/2012

2011/2012 Full report (PDF, 252KB)  

Winter 2010/2011

2010/2011 Full report (PDF, 90.9KB)  

November 2009

2009 Key findings (PDF, 235KB)  

Useful references

The Implementation of the Working Time Directive, and its Impact on the NHS and Health Professionals - Report of the independent working time regulations Taskforce to the Department of Health, March 2014

RCPCH response to the European Working Time Directive Taskforce – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, November 2013

A Guide to the Implications of the European Working Time Directive for Doctors in Training (PDF, 320KB, 41 pages)  - EWTD Reference Group, December 2009

RCPCH Advice on WTD and Consultant Working Patterns (PDF, 234KB, 2 pages) – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, July 2009.

The European Working Time Directive - What Does it Mean for Paediatrics? (PDF, 21KB, 5 pages) – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, May 2009

RCPCH Guidance on the Role of the Consultant Paediatrician in Providing Acute Care in the Hospital (PDF, 135KB, 18 pages) – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, May 2009

Children’s and Maternity Services in 2009: Working Time Solutions (PDF, 449KB, 80 pages) – Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, July 2008