Developments in workforce planning
A summary of wider develoments in workforce planning.
The Department of Health has announced that trainee surgeons and doctors will be encouraged to opt out of the Working Time Directive.
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.
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.
HEE workforce plan for England
The workforce plan sets out the improvements HEE plan to make in education and training programmes from September 2014. The full report can be accessed here: HEE workforce plan.
RCPCH responds to Shape of Training review
In October 2013 the RCPCH submitted a response titled, Shape of Training Review: "a bold blueprint for the training of future doctors" to the Shape of Training Review report, 2013. More details can be found on the RCPCH news page.
RCPCH responds to the Implementation of the European Working Time Directive Taskforce call for evidence
A taskforce which is considering the implementation of the European Working Time Directive and its impact on the NHS and health professionals has been convened at the request of the Prime Minister's office.
The RCPCH response to the call for evidence is available here:RCPCH response to EWTD call for evidence.
RCN define staffing levels for all children and young people's nursing
These standards provide the minimum essential requirements for all providers of services for babies, children and young people.
RCPCH responds to Health Education England calls for evidence
In August 2013 RCPCH responded to two calls for evidence released by Health Education England, Workforce Planning 2013/2014 and Strategic Development Framework.
Both responses can be accessed on the Health Policy Consultations page.
Public accounts committee report of managing consultant contracts
In June 2013 the Public Accounts Committee reported on managing NHS hospital consultants, which, among other recommendations, calls for improved reporting on consultant performance and more effective performance management.
The full report is available here: Department of Health: managing NHS hospital consultants - Public Accounts Committee
RCPCH response to balance of competences between the UK and the European Union
The RCPCH has submitted a response to the call for Evidence on the Government's review of the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union, 27 February 2013.
The response can be accessed at:
Patients have a right to the same standard of care seven days a week
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges launched its report outlining three patient-centred standards to delivering high quality care to patients seven days a week in December 2012.
The full report can be accessed at: http://www.aomrc.org.uk/publications/reports-a-guidance.html
The RCPCH press release can be found in our News section, RCPCH welcomes Academy consultant delivered care report.
Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum report published
In July 2012 the independent forum published its proposals on how to improve healthcare for children and young people. This included recommendations on the children’s workforce, education and training.
The full report can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/216852/CYP-report.pdf
The system wide response to the Forum report is available here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pledge-to-improve-children-s-health-and-reduce-child-deaths
Consultant Delivered Service
Sen et al (2012) have published an article in the Emergency Medicine Journal titled The Impact of consultant delivered service in emergency medicine: the Wrexham Model which concludes that consultant delivered services have many advantages compared to services provided by middle grade or junior doctors. This was published online first in April 2011.
Patients benefit from continued consultant cover
A report by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in April 2012 finds that patients have better outcomes and are less likely to be readmitted in units where acute physicians are on call for more than one day at a time, have no other routine duties during that time, do two or more ward rounds per day and are present in the acute medical unit for more than four hours for seven days.
The full report can be accessed via Acute Medicine Evaluation
RCP Parliamentary Briefing Health and Social Care Bill
The Royal College of Physician's February 2012 briefing outlines the RCP's concerns about the Health and Social Care Bill, which became an Act on 27 March 2012, in the areas of education and training, competition, commissioning, integration and quality.
The future consultant workforce
A report by the CfWI (Centre for Workforce Intelligence) has stated that the total consultant workforce is set to increase by 60% by 2020 if doctors continue to be trained and recruited at current rates. The report describes a number of future scenarios and CfWI are encouraging contributions to this debate. You can read the report at: http://www.cfwi.org.uk/resources/leaders-report-shape-of-the-medical-workforce.
Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforce
On the 10 January 2012, DH set out a new education and training system, with two central planks – Health Education England (HEE) and the Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs). This document also sets out its changes to the workforce information landscape to support new organisations in undertaking workforce planning and education and training commission. http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/01/workforce-response
The Benefits of Consultant Delivered Care
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges published The Benefits of Consultant Delivered Care in January 2012. The report identified the following key benefits of consultant delivered care:
- rapid and appropriate decision making
- improved outcomes
- more efficient use of resources
- GP's access to the opinion of a fully trained doctor
- patient expectation of access to appropriate and skilled clinicians and information
- benefits for the training of junior doctors
Visit our consultant delivered care page to read more about the College’s work in this area.