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Doctor Rostering in Compliance with the New UK Junior Doctor Contract

Lavygina, A and Welsh, A and Crispin, AJ (2017) Doctor Rostering in Compliance with the New UK Junior Doctor Contract. In: The 11th Annual International Conference on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications (COCOA'17), 16 December 2017 - 18 December 2017, Shanghai, China.

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Abstract

In 2016 the UK government imposed a new contract on junior doctors working for the country’s National Health Service. This new contract significantly changed the way in which hospitals and health trusts create rosters, introducing new constraints and a system of fines levied against employers should a doctor be required to work an undesirable or potentially unsafe shift pattern. In this paper, we present a new rostering problem set based upon this new junior doctor contract that models hospital departments varied in size, cover requirements, and contracted working patterns. We present the results of experiments in creating valid rosters for our problem set using a construction heuristic,and optimised using simulated annealing.

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