Allied health professionals job planning: a best practice guide

NHS Improvement, November 2017

Advice for trusts to ensure that their approach to job planning for allied health professionals (AHPs) is consistent with best practice.

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The future of the mental health workforce

Centre for Mental Health, November 2017

This report presents the key findings from a review of:

  • The current workforce in specialist, NHS funded mental health services in England;
  • Current policy and its impact on the future workforce;
  • The views of people who work in and use mental health services, obtained through a series of consultation events and roundtable meetings held across the country in early 2017

Click here to read the full report.

Royal College of Psychiatrists workforce census

Royal College of Psychiatrists, November 2017

The latest Royal College of Psychiatrists workforce census of psychiatric staffing was run between April and September 2017 and provides a detailed analysis of the consultant and specialty doctor workforce in psychiatry across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The report find that:

  • Levels of growth in filled consultant posts are largely static.
  • There is an ongoing rise in the reported number of vacant or unfilled consultant posts across the UK, up from 5% (2013), 7% (2015) to 9% (2017).
  • Vacancies in consultant posts are most acute in General, CAMHS, Old Age and Intellectual (Learning) Disability psychiatry.
  • There has been a sharp increase in the use of locum specialty doctors, a reflection of the ongoing recruitment difficulties at that grade.
  • A wide variation in the gender balance across different psychiatric specialities.

Click here to view the full report.

Click here to view the summary report.

Unheeded warnings: health care in crisis: the UK nursing labour market review 2016

Royal College of Nursing, October 2016

This research highlights risks to the future nursing supply in England as it finds that half of nurses are aged 45 or over and are within ten years of being eligible for early retirement. In comparison, a decade ago just a third of the nursing workforce was aged 45 or over. The report calls on the government to scrap the pay cap for NHS staff to help to alleviate the retention crisis.

Click here to view the report.

NHS bursary reform

Department of Health, December 2015

From 1 August 2017, new nursing, midwifery and allied health students will no longer receive NHS bursaries. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students. This guidance explains the reforms.

Click here for further information and to read the guidance.