Medical workforce

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It's important that employers are fully engaged in the debate about the opportunities and challenges that medical workforce planning presents to the NHS.

  • What sort of doctors do we want? 
  • How do we deploy them to best effect in providing quality patient care?  
  • What is the correct balance in numbers between qualified practitioners and doctors in training? 
  • How do we reflect the changing role of GPs?  
  • Is there a continuing role for international recruits?

These pages are aimed at keeping employers up-to-date with this debate.  If you would like to contribute, please send your views to

Hospital doctors

Accelerated return to training

The Enhancing Junior Doctors Working Lives Group, was formed to work collaboratively to understand and consider issues for doctors in training outside of the scope of the 2016 junior doctors contract.

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Foundation programme career destination report 2017

Information on the eighth F2 career destination report published by the UKFPO

Doctors in conversation

Foundation programme review

Information on the foundation programme review and it's recommendations

Book and Laptop

Gold Guide seventh edition

A reference guide for postgraduate specialty training in the UK.

Medical Pay

Inducting doctors

Information about good practice in induction of doctors and overseas doctors


New to managing doctors? A guide for HR practitioners

Useful information on the management of doctors in the NHS for HR professionals


The impact of the Working Time Directive on healthcare professionals

Information on the impact of the WTD on healthcare professionals in the NHS

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