At the end of 2017, Health Education England, NHS England, NHS Improvement, Public Health England, the Care Quality Commission, NICE and the Department of Health published a draft health and care workforce strategy for consultation.
Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future was discussed by our Trainees Committee, New Consultants Committee and Council. These conversations helped us to write our response, and will inform the discussions we have with government and others during the drafting of the final strategy.
The RCP agrees with the broad direction of travel and the common sense principles outlined. However, the document lacks detail so it will be important that stakeholders are also consulted on the first draft of a full strategy. If it does not, the government and its partners risk missing an excellent opportunity for consensus and coproduction.
Our main recommendations are: