In July 2021, Health Education England (HEE) was commissioned by then Minister of State for Care, Helen Whately to look at the future of the health and social care workforce.
HEE will use what it learns through this consultation to review, renew and update Framework 15, which was published in 2014. The call for evidence aims to understand what is driving demand for health and care services and what that means for supply.
The RCP has submitted a response to this consultation, describing how a rapidly ageing population will, especially if public health does not improve, have a high impact on the medical workforce, including a demand for more staff and a need for need for new roles, new skills and new ways of working. It also highlights how medical workforce demographics are also changing, due to consultants retiring and a larger proportion of younger doctors wanting to work flexibly and less than full time.
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