The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published its review of the Shortage Occupation List.
The review highlights a number of key issues and makes recommendations to the home secretary around health and care professions:
- A continued funding gap faced by social care needs to be addressed to attract supply into the sector. The review highlights the challenges presented by the end of free movement, causing additional pressure on the sector if a funding settlement is not reached.
- A number of new healthcare professions should be added to the Shortage Occupation List, including physiotherapists, pharmacists and public health managers.
- Several RQF level 3-5 roles including nursing auxiliaries and assistants, residential day and domiciliary care managers/proprietors and senior care workers should be added to the Shortage Occupation List.
Danny Mortimer, co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition and chief executive of the NHS Confederation, has responded the recommendations. The full statement is available in our media centre.
The review follows a consultation period which closed in June 2020. You can read NHS Employers' response to the initial call for evidence in our case studies and resources section.
You can also read the full review here, while Brian Bell's (chair of the Migration Advisory Committee) summary letter to the home secretary is also available on Gov.uk.