The RCP has welcomed the publication of the Interim NHS People Plan, saying that this is a step in the right direction for the workforce. However, the Treasury must work to support NHS staff starting with addressing the current challenges around pensions.
Care of patients with chronic lung conditions is improving but there are still significant deficiencies that need addressing, according to the world’s largest clinical audit of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) patients, run by the RCP.
Welsh hospitals are understaffed and overstretched. Over two-thirds of trainees report regular and frequent rota gaps, almost one-third of advertised consultant posts go unfilled, and absence due to sickness is rising.
Reflecting on the RCP’s move to recruit a dedicated clinical director for digital health, Dr James Maguire and Dr Sam Shah from NHSX discuss how best to unlock the clinician workload by applying service design principles.
Older people who have broken a bone are twice as likely to break another, causing significant impacts physically mentally and financially. Bonnie Wiles looks at how a fracture liaison service can help prevent this from happening.
The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is calling on the consultant workforce to complete our Ward Rounds 2019 survey, which is used to influence government, support workforce planning, and contribute to national health policy.