Working Hours


Guardian of Safe Working Hours

The Guardian is a Senior Doctor whose role is to ensure doctors in training are working hours that are safe, both for the patients they care for and for their own personal wellbeing.

The Guardian of Safe Working Hours for Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is Dr Victoria Hall, Consultant Obstetrician.

Additionally, as Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is the Lead Employer for doctors in training throughout the North West, Dr Hall is also the Guardian of Safe Working Hours for GP Specialty Trainees when they are in primary care placements. 

The oversight of working hours for Lead Employer doctors in training in non-primary care placements is the responsibility of the host organisation’s Guardian of Safe Working Hours.   

Dr Victoria Hall

I have worked as a Consultant Obstetrician within the Pennine Acute Trust since 2009.

I have been moving gradually North West with my advancing years. I went to Medical School in Cambridge, then spent two years working in London before completing my specialist training in Sheffield. My final move was across the Pennines, initially to Rochdale and then to Oldham with the reconfiguration of maternity services.  I was the Trust Obstetric Lead until 2014. 

My job as Guardian of Safe Working Hours (GSWH) is to ensure working hours are safe and comply with the EWTD and the rules in the terms and conditions of the 2016 contract.

I will:

  • Act as the champion of safe working hours
  • Receive your exception reports and record and monitor compliance against your terms and conditions.
  • Escalate issues to the relevant executive director, or equivalent, for decision and action.
  • Intervene to reduce any identified risks to you or your patients’ safety.
  • Undertake a work schedule review where there are regular or persistent breaches in safe working hours
  • Distribute monies received as a consequence of financial penalties, to improve your training and service experience.

Junior doctors also have a personal responsibility to ensure they are fit and safe to work and do not work excessive hours outside their main employment.

I also NEED YOUR HELP to participate in a Junior Doctors Forum that will help oversee and monitor compliance with safe working hours and in addition help provide valuable insights and advice on how we can change and shape junior doctors rotas in this Trust.

If you would like to discuss any issues around working hours or wish to participate and help me I am happy to be contacted by:


Phone:            0161 6561848 (71848 internal)

My secretary:  0161 6278162 (78162)

Guardians of Safe Working Hours - Contact details 

Information for guardians of safe working hours

Information for Educational Supervisors

Exception Reporting

Fact Sheet on Rota Rules

Junior Doctors Forum Guidance

Supporting Educational and Clinical Supervisors - e-learning slides