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4. Redeployment of retiring consultants


As consultants near the age of retirement, many may consider either reducing their number of sessions or being re-employed on a part-time basis with an adapted job plan (‘retire and return’).


Many wish to reduce their night-time on-call commitment but have skills which can still be used in the department, particularly conducting clinics, ward rounds, time on labour ward or daytime emergency gynaecology sessions, elective theatre lists and teaching. They could also provide some out-of-hours cover in the evenings or during the daytime at weekends. Without removing training opportunities, they could free up time for other consultant staff to contribute to activities in both O&G.