Developments in workforce planning

A summary of wider developments in workforce planning.

July 2016

GMC releases National Training Survey results

The GMC’s annual survey invites doctors in postgraduate training from across the four UK nations to provide feedback on the quality of training they receive and also investigates perceptions of their local training post and programme. Open from 22 March to 11 May 2016, the survey results highlight areas of good practice and areas for improvement as well as trainees’ concerns about bullying, undermining or patient safety issues. The survey is crucial in ensuring that doctors in training receive high quality education and training in a safe and effective clinical environment.
Results of the national training surveys can be accessed here.

May 2016

Public Accounts Committee: review of NHS clinical staffing in England

RCPCH responds to the Committee of Public Account’s review of NHS clinical staffing in England. Professor Neena Modi discusses concerns regarding pressures on the paediatric workforce, highlighting needs for change in managing the supply of clinical staff and the importance of ensuring adaptations to workforce planning

More details can be found here.  

March 2016

MAC Review of Nursing  

The MAC has published findings and recommendations, in response to the commission from the government, to look at whether nurses should be retained on the UK shortage occupation list (SOL). The key recommendation of the report suggests that nurses should remain on the government’s SOL.

 January 2016

MAC Review: Tier 2 migration

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) reports on its review of balancing migrant selectivity, investment in skills and impacts on UK productivity and competitiveness for Tier 2.

Access the full report

November 2015

GMC National Training Survey 2015

Results of the National Training Survey 2015 are now available on the GMC website.

The survey is run every year to ask trainees' views about the training they're recieving.

April 2015

Workforce planning in the NHS

The King's Fund explores in depth workforce planning and how it aligns with strategic policy in mental health, general practice and community nursing. Investigating how issues presented in the NHS workforce have been addressed across the system so far, this report also highlights the main challenges and recommendations in order to improve workforce planning, ultimately providing a more efficient service for patients.
Access the full report here: Workforce planning in the NHS

Frontline First: A look at efficiency savings and their impact on nursing, midwifery and the health visiting workforce

RCN builds upon the priorities of frontline services and the impending shortage of the nursing workforce in this report, highlighting the impact of efficiency savings on patient care.
The full report can be accessed here: Frontline First – The fragile frontline

March 2015

Service reconfiguration in the NHS: An Evaluation

The National Institute for Health Research investigates the current pressures within the NHS in England which necessitate reconfiguration and the solutions proposed.
The article can be accessed here: Insights from the clinical assurance of service reconfiguration in the NHS: the drivers of reconfiguration and the evidence that underpins it – a mixed-methods study

February 2015

2015 HEE Workforce plan for England

Health Education England (HEE) releases the most recent Workforce Plan for England which outlines objectives underpinning the investment decisions for ensuring a sufficient workforce and the improvement of healthcare services.
The full report can be accessed here: HEE workforce plan (2015)

Paediatric non-consultant non-training roles included on shortage occupation list by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)

The full report, partial review of shortage occupation lists for the UK and Scotland, produced by the Migration Advisory Committee, can be accessed here.

January 2015

Balance in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology workforce and future implications

Commissioned by the Department of Health (DH) and Health Education England (HEE), the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) has conducted a stocktake review exploring the balance in the current demand and supply for the Obstetrics & Gynaecology workforce, and how this may be affected in the future.
The full report can be accessed here: Securing the future workforce supply: Obstetrics and gynaecology stocktake

July 2014

The Department of Health has announced that trainee surgeons and doctors will be encouraged to opt out of the Working Time Directive.

More details can be found on the RCPCH news page or the article can be accessed in The Telegraph.

May 2014

Department of Health mandate to Health Education England (HEE)

This refreshed mandate sets out the governments strategic objectives from April 2014 to March 2015. Read the full mandate: Delivering high quality, effective, compassionate care: Developing the right people with the right skills and the right values.  

You can read the RCPCH response to HEE mandate here.

March 2014

The implementation of the working time directive, and its impact on the NHS and health professionals

The final report of the independent working time regulations taskforce was published in March 2014. It has reviewed the evidence on the effect of the regulations on the delivery of patient care and the training of doctors and has made some recommendations. The full report can be accessed here: Independent working time regulations taskforce report.

Department of Health, NHS and other national census information

England - NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) workforce statistics for medical and dental staff 2004-2014 - Health and Social Care Information Centre - published March 2015

England - NHS medical and dental staff 2001 - 2011 - Health and Social Care Information Centre - published March 2012

Scotland - NHS Scotland medical and dental staff - ISD Scotland

Wales - medical and dental staff by grade and year - StatsWales

Northern Ireland Health and Social Care workforce census 2011 - Health, Social Service and Public Safety (NI)

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