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Medical Directors' Workforce Update

Our workforce updates aim to provide you with need-to-know information on key pay and workforce issues.

June 2015

Read the latest issue, our second medical directors workforce update, which covers the current position on contract reform and details three events in July for medical directors to discuss the evolving medical workforce agenda. The update also includes reflections on the recent SAS doctor development workshops and further information on the job planning process. 

January 2015
Our first Medical Directors' Workforce Update was issued in January 2015. It provides information on the reform of the consultant and junior doctors’ contracts following the breakdown in national negotiations. It also includes a supplementary briefing, and a presentation which you will find helpful to brief your board as well as your managerial and clinical colleagues.

If you have any comments or ideas on what topics should be included in future updates, please contact  the team at: medicalworkforce@nhsemployers.org

Supporting and engaging medical directors on medical workforce issues

Medical directors play an important strategic role in helping to develop and sustain cultures and systems within organisations that deliver high quality, safe and effective patient care. There are clear links between medical engagement and clinical and organisational performance.

At NHS Employers, we are looking to develop the way in which we engage with medical directors to inform our own work in respect of medical workforce issues and to provide support and guidance when required.

We have already benefitted from the support and advice of medical directors on topics such as the development of consultant job planning guidance, establishing job planning appeal panels, national negotiations with the BMA and BDA, maintaining high professional standards and through their involvement in our medical workforce forum.

An area we would particularly like to focus on is engaging with medical directors on national contract reform for consultants and doctors in training, with other subjects to follow. We aim to develop these pages further to bring together information, tools and resources that medical directors will find useful.

If you are interested in more detailed involvement in our contract reform or other negotiating activities please email us at  medicalworkforce@nhsemployers.org

Medical workforce forum - your chance to get involved

We are currently seeking two medical directors and two directors of medical education to join our medical workforce forum, a sub-group of NHS Employers' policy board.

The medical workforce forum membership is made up of medical directors, HR directors, medical staffing managers and stakeholders including deans, HEE and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. The forum meets on a quarterly basis to discuss medical workforce issues including medical education and training, pay, terms and conditions and contract reform, professional standards issues, and workforce planning. The forum helps to ensure that NHS Employers accurately represents the views of employers on issues relating to the medical workforce.

Forum members need to commit to attending the quarterly medical workforce forum meetings held in central London, as well as endeavouring to facilitate ad-hoc requests that may arise as a result of NHS Employers' work programmes. Please send expressions of interest or requests for further information, to medicalworkforce@nhsemployers.org

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