The RCP's Guidance on safe medical staffing working party report aims to help those planning and organising core hospital medical services to answer the question: ‘How many doctors or their alternatives, with what capabilities, do we need to provide safe, timely and effective care for patients with medical problems?'.
Within the medical profession there is widespread concern that levels of medical staffing have fallen dangerously low. From 2013 to 2018, more than one in five census respondents reported that gaps in trainees’ rotas occurred so frequently as to cause significant problems in patient safety. Half of all advertised consultant appointments in acute internal medicine and geriatric medicine went unfilled due to a shortage of suitable applicants.
This report represents the start of an ongoing process to help hospitals ensure that they have sufficient medical staff to meet the needs of their patients and deliver safe patient care. The RCP will work with the NHS to refine the method in different hospitals.
If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the report, please email the RCP policy team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The working party includes representation from: