Health Education England (HEE) has published its COVID-19 training recovery programme interim report, that provides a progress update on work to minimise and mitigate against disruption to postgraduate medical education and training (PGME) in England, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report outlines the approach taken to define, manage and reduce risks to medical workforce wellbeing, numbers and future supply.
It highlights unity and integration of service and training recovery as one of its central objectives as well as ensuring individualised approaches are taken to address the unique impact of every trainee.
As a result of interventions taken, extension rates are currently significantly lower than original projections however there is still a future extension risk for some trainees who will require our continued support.
National stakeholders have therefore set out 18 joint commitments for continuing to build upon and embed the progress been made to facilitate training recovery and secure future improvements to PGME. Through these commitments, stakeholders will continue to work to support trainees, maximise training opportunities while supporting service recovery, and embed continuous improvements to training structures and delivery.