The RCP has today published a statement outlining the vital, and often under-appreciated, role of healthcare scientists, clinical physiologists and technologists in delivering excellent patient care.
It points to the key contributions this workforce has made in tackling the first COVID-19 wave, and will continue to make as we face the likelihood of a second COVID-19 wave on top of normal winter pressures.
Endorsed by 21 organisations representing medical specialties, the statement calls for:
- Recognition, investment and support for these services in workforce and clinical service planning as the NHS moves towards comprehensive integrated care services by March 2021
- Championing of the benefits of these services for patient care and excellence as evidenced by the ‘Getting It Right First Time’ (GIRFT) programme
- Improved recording of such activity through NHS coding procedures
- Support for staff in these services to improve their wellbeing and working lives