Medical workforce

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It's important that employers are fully engaged in the debate about the opportunities and challenges that medical workforce planning presents to the NHS.

  • What sort of doctors do we want? 
  • How do we deploy them to best effect in providing quality patient care?  
  • What is the correct balance in numbers between qualified practitioners and doctors in training? 
  • How do we reflect the changing role of GPs?  
  • Is there a continuing role for international recruits?

These pages are aimed at keeping employers up-to-date with this debate.  If you would like to contribute, please send your views to

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Medical associate professions

Among several emerging roles in the NHS, four professions are becoming an important part of the healthcare team. 

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Engaging medical directors

Supporting and engaging medical directors on medical workforce issues.


New to managing doctors? A guide for HR practitioners

Useful information on the management of doctors in the NHS for HR professionals


The impact of the Working Time Directive on healthcare professionals

Information on the impact of the WTD on healthcare professionals in the NHS

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Vision of the future medical workforce

This page outlines NHS Employers' vision of the future medical workforce Position paper

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Shape of Training review

The Shape of Training review aims to ensure that we continue to develop a medical workforce that is fit for purpose over the next 30 years. It is jointly sponsored by various parties including the General Medical Council and Health Education England.

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