2019/20 submission to the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body

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Employers can now read our 2019/20 submission to the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB).
Our evidence has been informed by a continuous cycle of engagement with a full range of NHS organisations about their priorities.
It covers contract reform for doctors in training, and consultants and addresses the DDRB’s request for us to consider targeting pay.


Key messages

  • Workforce shortages is the biggest challenge the NHS faces.
  • We continue to experience one of the most financially challenging periods for the health and social care systems in the UK.
  • If we are to develop a sustainable workforce with the right skills, long-term workforce planning and talent management must be a priority. This planning will take place on a large scale to better plan and develop the talent in the system.
  • Transformation of NHS services will require NHS organisations to increasingly operate at a system level and work more closely with other public services.
  • The NHS can only succeed if it is given sufficient resources and, just as importantly, if it is able to transform the way services are delivered. This transformation also relies on investment in other public services, particularly social care.
  • In our view there is no evidence that there is a sufficiently well-developed evidence base to justify targeting pay within the limits of the current pay envelope. 74% of those employers who responded to our survey said that they preferred a flat-rate increase for all staff.

Further information

Read the full version of the 2019/20 DDRB submission.

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