Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future

Health Education England | June 2018 | The Topol Review Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future

Health Education England (HEE) has published its interim report on preparing the healthcare workforce for future developments. The review is considering four key questions:

  1.  How are technological (genomics, digital medicine, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics) and other developments likely to change the roles and functions
    of clinical staff and their support in all professions over the next two decades?
  2. What are the implications of these changes for the skills required?
  3. For which professions or sub-specialisms are these likely to be particularly significant?
  4.  What does this mean for the selection, curricula, education, training, development and lifelong learning of current and future NHS staff?
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Based on its work so far, HEE’s Review is proposing three key principles, which should govern the NHS’s future workforce strategy, these are: 
• Patients: If willing and able to do so, will be empowered by new tools to become more actively involved and engaged in their care. The patient generated data will be interpreted by algorithms enabling personalised self-management and self-care.
• Evidence: The introduction of any technology must be grounded in robust research evidence and a fit for purpose and ethical governance framework that patients, public and staff can all trust.
• Gift of time: Whenever possible, the adoption of technology should be used to give more time for care, creating an environment in which the patient-clinician relationship is enhanced.

The Interim Report June 2018- A Call for Evidence is at HEE 


Innovation in Medicine 2018: Government must double number of medical students

Royal College of Physicians | June 2018 | Innovation in Medicine 2018: Government must double number of medical students

A new policy briefing, Double or quits: calculating how many more medical students we need , from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)  outlines new calculations for the number of doctors needed, and sets out the key issues facing workforce planning in the UK that affect current supply, future service demand and predicted losses in the workforce. The RCP  has called on the government to double the number of medical school places from 7,500 to 15,000 to meet the needs of tomorrow’s patients (Source: RCP). 

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The briefing paper is available to read here 
The new release is accessible from RCP




New guidance on shift work

NHS Employers | March 2018  |  The  health, safety and wellbeing of shift workers in health and social care  environments

The NHS Staff Council’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group works to raise standards of workplace health, safety and wellbeing in  healthcare organisations, to promote a safer working environment for all healthcare staff. Its latest guidance The health, safety and wellbeing of shift workers in health and social care environments  demonstrates

  • How shift work can impact on health, safety and wellbeing
  • How to manage the risk as an organisation
  • How to manage the risk as an individual
  • The importance of partnership working
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NHS England have produced an infographic which can be downloaded from their website 
A press release accompanies the report

The report can be read here 

The nursing workforce

The Health Committee has published its report into the nursing workforce. It says too little attention has been focused on retaining nurses which has resulted in more nurses leaving, than joining the nursing register. 

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The report calls for Health Education England to reverse cuts to nurses’ continuing professional development budgets. Funding allocated to trusts should be specifically ringfenced for CPD for nurses, and specific funding should also be made available to support CPD for nurses working in the community.

The Committee welcomed the introduction of the new role of Nursing Associate and the expansion of career opportunities this brings for Health Care Assistants. The government needs to ensure that these new Nursing Associates have a clear professional identity, which the public understands and recognises.

An interactive version of the full report is also available

The report’s  summary is here

Click here for the report’s conclusions and recommendations



Health & Care workforce strategy

This draft strategy sets out the current workforce landscape, what has been achieved since 2012, and describes an approach to shaping the face of the NHS and social care workforce for the next two decades.

Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future – a health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027 condenses and considers the outputs of major workforce plans for the priorities laid out in the Five Year Forward View – cancer, mental health, maternity, primary and community care and urgent and emergency care.

The consultation starts 13 December 2017 and finishes on Friday March 23, 2018.
To take part in the consultation, click on the website link below and complete the survey.

Related: Health Foundation responds to new workforce strategy

Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge

New report highlights that national policy and planning for the NHS Workforce in England is not fit for purpose. Also reports high staff turnover, and a fall in the number of trainee nurses. 

This report from the Health Foundation analyses the profile and trends of the NHS workforce, in particular focusing on the impact of the removal of the NHS bursary on student nurse numbers and staff retention.  The report highlights that national policy and planning for the NHS workforce in England is not fit for purpose, reinstating the need for a sustained and nationally focused approach to workforce policy and planning.

Full report: Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge | The Health Foundation.