Focus on physicians is the 2016–17 census of the consultant physician and higher specialty trainee (HST) workforces in the UK.
The census was conducted by the Royal College of Physicians' (RCP’s) Medical Workforce Unit (MWU) on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. We sent the census electronically to all UK consultants and HSTs in post on 30 September 2016.
The MWU independently verified consultant headcount by nation, specialty and demographics by checking with specialty representatives, the GMC and with consultants’ work locations. Data for the full HST workforce were obtained from the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB), and from an electronic census sent to all trainee physicians.
To get the data and learn more please download Focus on physicians or investigate the census yourself with our helpful census data tools.
The MWU will be undertaking some short surveys of representative portions of the workforce over the year. Our aim is not to survey any individual more than once (in addition to the main census) and to have a quicker turnaround so that we are more responsive to present-day and future challenges affecting the physician workforce.
If you would like to be involved in our work, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.