Workforce studies and data

In order to plan and model the future paediatric medical workforce the College collects and analyses a range of accurate and up-to-date information about the numbers and characteristics of the paediatric workforce in the UK.

Information on trainee numbers is collected through the registration and enrolment processes by the RCPCH Education & Training Division.

The College undertakes a series of surveys to establish how trainees' career pathways and intentions shape the future supply of trained paediatricians and to monitor rota vacancies and compliance with European Working Time Directive (EWTD).

Paediatric workforce involvement in child health research

With concern for the declining ability of the paediatric workforce to carry out child health research, the College is conducting a research survey of consultant and SAS grade paediatricians working in the UK, with findings to be reported in autumn 2015. The survey will investigate paediatrician involvement in research and perceptions of public and patient involvement (PPI) in research.

More about survey on participation in child health research

MMC cohort study - are we training the right workforce?

In 2015 the College undertook a follow-up survey on the cohort looking at career intentions after 7 years of training. This represented a major opportunity to assess the aspirations and progress of a unique group, and feed vital information into the workforce planning process. The full report and findings are now available.

MMC cohort study - main findings from parts 1, 2, 3 and 4

The paediatric trainee workforce

The total number of paediatric trainees in May 2012 was 3,825. A full report with regional and gender breakdowns of the training workforce was presented to the RCPCH Training Committee in May 2012.

Paediatric trainee numbers - May 2012 (PDF, 66KB)

CCT recommendations follow up study

In 2011, the College undertook a survey of all those who were recommended CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) or CESR (Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration) in 2010 to look at their early career destinations.

The College is following this cohort through the early years of their career and is also surveying all new CCT/CESR holders approximately 1 year into their new careers.

The CCT and CESR survey for the Class of 2013 is currently underway.

More about the CCT follow up study

Rota compliance and vacancies survey

Since the introduction of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD), the RCPCH has annually monitored rota vacancies and compliance in UK units providing general paediatric and neonatal services. 

The 2014 survey is currently underway and findings will be available on this website soon.

More about this study and the survey results - rota compliance and vacancies

Community Child Health Workforce Planning

The RCPCH and BACCH are developing a series of evidence based resources to support workforce planning for community paediatric services. The aim of this work is to update and broaden the workforce guidance developed by BACCH in 1999, to support service design and commissioning for a population and ensure high quality care based on national standards and best practice.
 
The resources produced from the project, due to be completed in autumn 2016, will be widely publicised and will apply across all four UK countries. The resources will define the categories of care/need through which a workforce model can be built. 

The RCPCH and BACCH are developing a series of evidence based resources to support workforce planning for community paediatric services. The aim of this work is to update and broaden the workforce guidance developed by BACCH in 1999, to support service design and commissioning for a population and ensure high quality care based on national standards and best practice.
 
The resources produced from the project, due in autumn 2016, will be widely publicised and will apply across all four UK countries. The resources will define the categories of care/need through which a workforce model can be built.
 The RCPCH and BACCH are developing a series of evidence based resources to support workforce planning for community paediatric services. The aim of this work is to update and broaden the workforce guidance developed by BACCH in 1999, to support service design and commissioning for a population and ensure high quality care based on national standards and best practice.
 
The resources produced from the project, due in autumn 2016, will be widely publicised and will apply across all four UK countries. The resources will define the categories of care/need through which a workforce model can be built.
The RCPCH and BACCH are developing a series of evidence based resources to support workforce planning for community paediatric services. The aim of this work is to update and broaden the workforce guidance developed by BACCH in 1999, to support service design and commissioning for a population and ensure high quality care based on national standards and best practice.
 
The resources produced from the project, due in autumn 2016, will be widely publicised and will apply across all four UK countries. The resources will define the categories of care/need through which a workforce model can be built.
 The RCPCH and BACCH are developing a series of evidence based resources to support workforce planning for community paediatric services. The aim of this work is to update and broaden the workforce guidance developed by BACCH in 1999, to support service design and commissioning for a population and ensure high quality care based on national standards and best practice.
 
The resources produced from the project, due in autumn 2016, will be widely publicised and will apply across all four UK countries. The resources will define the categories of care/need through which a workforce model can be built.
The RCPCH and BACCH are developing a series of evidence based resources to support workforce planning for community paediatric services. The aim of this work is to update and broaden the workforce guidance developed by BACCH in 1999, to support service design and commissioning for a population and ensure high quality care based on national standards and best practice.
 
The resources produced from the project, due in autumn 2016, will be widely publicised and will apply across all four UK countries. The resources will define the categories of care/need through which a workforce model can be built.
More information about the CCH project work and how you can get involved or further information about our stakeholder events.

Department of Health, NHS and other national census information

England

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has produced the NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) Workforce Statistics in England, Medical and Dental Staff 2002-2012, as at 30th September. This was published 21 March 2013.

The NHS Information Centre produces its workforce statistics annually. The 2011 figures were published on 22 March 2012 and can be found in NHS Staff 2001 - 2011 (Medical and Dental).

Scotland

NHS Scotland Workforce Statistics are produced by ISD Scotland.

Wales

Information on hospital medical staff by grade and specialty in Wales can be found on the Health Statistics Wales pages of the Welsh Assembly Government website.

Northern Ireland

Details on the medical workforce in Northern Ireland is collected in the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Workforce Census 2011.

Trainee related research

BMA cohort study

The BMA cohort study of 2006 medical graduates is a 10-year longitudinal study of the career paths of 431 doctors. In April 2013 the seventh report was published provides information on the careers of doctors, particularly in terms of attrition, patterns of workforce participation and specialty choice, and career progression.

The BMA also published a one-off cohort doctor report in August 2012 providing an in-depth insight into career decisions. The report found that quality of life has been and will be the biggest influencing factor on the cohort groups career decisions.

GMC/PMETB Training Surveys

The GMC, formerly PMETB has undertaken national surveys of trainee doctors since 2006 and has also undertaken three surveys of trainers. The most recent report provides the key findings from the National Training Surveys 2012.

UK Medical Careers Research Group

The UK Medical Careers Research Group (UKMCRG) undertakes longitudinal studies of the careers of all doctors who graduated in particular years from UK medical schools. These cohort studies ask structured questions about career intentions and progression, and the factors that influence them. These cohort studies have been funded by the Department of Health since the 1970s.

Useful links

General Medical Council

Medical Training

RCPCH Training Pages