Reforms to NHS workforce education and training

The Academy has been working to ensure that the NHS reforms generate an education and training system that enables the NHS to nurture the future research leaders.


'Developing the healthcare workforce' consultation

In December 2010, the Government published proposals to change the system for educating and training of the healthcare workforce in a consultation, 'Liberating the NHS: Developing the healthcare workforce'. The Academy responded in March 2011 following the discussions of a small working group of Fellows, chaired by Sir Mark Walport FRS FMedSci.

Following this initial response, the Academy worked to ensure that the reforms generated a 'fit for purpose' workforce. Much of this work was carried out in relation to the Health and Social Care Bill more generally. A letter was sent to the Secretary of State for Health in October 2011, outlining the Academy's concerns around the establishment of local education and training boards (LETBs). In December 2011, the Academy submitted a separate document to the Department of Health, outlining our vision for the reformed system in more detail, following a request at a meeting between Academy and Departmental representatives in November 2011.

Future forum

The Government's 'Future Forum' looked at the education and training reforms. Information on the Academy's contribution to the Future Forum is outlined with our more general work around the Health and Social Care Bill.

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