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Response to: The interpretability of doctor identification badges in UK hospitals: a survey of nurses and patients’ by Hickerton et al
  1. Shofiq Islam1,
  2. Andrew Deekes2
  1. 1Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, UK
  2. 2GP VTS Training Programme, West Midlands Deanery, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shofiq Islam, Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter New Road, Derby DE22 3NE, UK; drshafiqislam{at}

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We read with interest the study by Hickerton et al1 highlighting the considerable confusion with terminology for junior doctors’ titles following the implementation of Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) in the UK.

The findings of Hickerton et al1 echo the conclusions of our own research into this topic in 2010.2 We studied nurses’ ability to identify doctors' titles and match post-MMC titles, such as Fy1, Fy2, ST3, ST7, with their equivalent traditional title—house officer, senior house officer, junior registrar, senior registrar. Our study demonstrated variability in …

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