The RCP's members and fellows are treating more patients than ever before. It’s vitally important that the NHS workforce receives the investment, support and recognition required for sustainability and to provide the best patient outcomes.
What we are doing
The RCP is working with colleagues across the UK to represent the needs of the NHS workforce to a range of stakeholders including ministers, politicians and NHS bodies.
The RCP works on a broad range of workforce policy and ensures that the voices of our members and fellows are heard to ensure we are able to provide high-quality patient care.
- Our Underfunded, underdoctored, overstretched and NHS reality check reports represent the views and experiences of the current and future NHS workforce.
- Our annual census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees has been running for almost 25 years. By completing the census, doctors can contribute to the case we’re making.
- As part of our campaign to create a sustainable workforce we recently published our Double or quits briefing, which sets out the need for a significant expansion of medical school places.
Morale and wellbeing
- We have captured the current challenges of being a junior doctor and asked senior physicians what an overstretched NHS looks like on the front line.
- We have set out why staff health matters to patient care as NHS services face unprecedented clinical demand.
- We believe medicine is brilliant but that tangible action is required by policy makers, employers and doctors to ensure that a career in it continues to be so.
- The RCP’s Future Hospital Programme has led to the creation of the chief registrar scheme, which establishes a new senior leadership role for trainee doctors.
- We have supported the development of the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA). Together, the RCP and the FPA have launched An employer’s guide to physician associates to help the introduction of the role in workforce strategy and planning.
- After the review of postgraduate medical education and training, Shape of Training, conducted in 2015, resulted in a framework for delivering change to the current structure of postgraduate medical education, the RCP was pleased the report did not suggest a reduction in the number of years needed to train a doctor.
The online evolution of the well-known RCP publication Consultant physicians working with patients, Medical Care is a comprehensive web-based resource written by leading medical specialty experts and divided into two sections: designing services and developing physicians.