What is Dr Toolbox

Dr Toolbox is an award winning UK based website set up and run by NHS doctors. It is the collaborative local knowledge resource for healthcare professionals that deserve a safe induction. It is also is the wikipedia of how to get stuff done in hospitals.

Doctors and other healthcare professionals frequently rotate jobs between hospitals. This switch is associated with a significant cost to hospitals, in the form of hiring locum staff for the day, as well as a published 6% increase in patient mortality.

We address this by going beyond the static, boring, two days of induction by providing crowdsourced information, available on a website and app. We are also a platform to connect healthcare leaders with their workforce. We have 10,000 users across over 50 NHS hospitals and the site is widely used by locum's as well as other non medical health professionals.

How did Dr Toolbox come about

Dr Toolbox was initially set up with investments from its founders and with support from Health Education England through 'Better Training Better Care'. We have worked with Health Education England on the Supported Return to Training project to support returning trainees.

We have recently had official accreditation with ORCHA and know that Dr Toolbox can save a lot of money whilst improving safety and quality of induction. Needless to say it also works as an award winning quality improvement project for any junior doctor. If you are interested in finding out more please email support [snail] dr-toolbox [period] com for our prices.

How do we get involved

We have recently created a major overhaul of or website and app and are moving beyond the free unsupported version of Dr Toolbox we have done in the past to a new version with additional features and back end support. This pays for the software updates, data backups, and general support that is expected with digital innovations in the NHS. The website and app is still completely free for doctors to use as much as they like.

The site is then maintained by a team at your hospital usually comprised of:

  • A Lead Editor, usually a trainee, to co-ordinate the collection of survival guides and other information
  • A Toolbox Champion, usually a senior clinician who will be able to support you in your role. They will help to be an advocate for the project, provide overall governance and help ensure continuity when Lead Editors move on.
  • A Local Administrator, who is a permanent member of staff to authorise editors and ensure the project continues when the Lead Editors change hospital

Visit our Help Centre for more information

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What information is Dr Toolbox for

  • Handbooks written by doctors in training for their Job and Specialty
  • Contact details such as telephone numbers, bleep numbers and emails
  • Local information e.g. how to make speciality referrals or know how on requesting investigations
  • It can also be used resource for teaching and post graduate medical education

Security and GDPR

Is Dr Toolbox secure and compliant with GDPR? Yes, Dr Toolbox is password protected, using industry standard encryption, and compliant with GDPR. Only approved clinicians will have access to review and edit.

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Meet the team

Dr Will Barker

Dr Will Barker MBBS MRCGP MPhys. Co-Founder and Joint Lead
Will graduated in medicine from St. Georges, University of London in 2011. As a trainee doctor in South London he developed a passion for patient safety and seeing an unmet need for hospital specific information he set up Dr Toolbox. He has completed his training and now works as an NHS doctor in South London and is also an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur.

Dr James Houston

Dr James Houston. Co-Founder and Joint Lead
James has a previous degree in Engineering, Economics and Management prior to studying Medicine. He is currently a Trauma and Orthopaedic Registrar within South West London, and maintains a keen interest in the role modern technology can play in medical education and patient safety.

Other Dr Toolbox Team Members:
Dr Ed Mew. Anaesthetic Trainee in Severn.
Dr Imran Qureshi. Patient Safety Lead. BMJ Clinical Adviser for Quality & Safety. Microbiology Consultant Croydon University Hospital London


Dr Toolbox presentation by Dr James Houston

Contact us

You can contact us at support [snail] dr-toolbox [period] com.

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