The General Medical Council has published its first workforce report for 2019: The state of medical education and practice in the UK.
The data shows that the UK’s medical register continues to grow, with many overseas doctors joining the workforce.
However, health services must prioritise strategies to retain UK and non-UK trained doctors, and develop supportive workplace cultures with compassionate leaders, to meet the future demands of patients.
Key findings show:
- The number of doctors licensed to practise in the UK is over a quarter of a million but reductions in hours and increasing demand mean the size of this workforce is insufficient.
- Retention is especially concerning for GPs and international medical graduates in both locally employed, and specialty and associate specialist roles
- Wellbeing is key to improving retention of doctors and the quality of patient care.
- The workforce is increasingly international and diverse. For the first time, more non-UK medical graduates took up a licence to practise than UK medical graduates.
- The future workforce requires more expert generalists, as well as more specialists in identified areas such as psychiatry and radiology, to meet future patient demand.
- Greater flexibility in training and job design is needed. Data shows that the system is starting to respond to these needs. For example in 2019 there’s been a sharp increase (6 per cent) of doctors on GP training programmes.
To find out more, download a full copy of the report from the GMC website.