Healthcare Leader launches the primary care workforce report, an overview of what healthcare professionals want for the new integrated care system.
Healthcare Leader’s latest report 'May the workforce be with you: What primary care wants' takes an in-depth look across the core primary care professions to reveal their hopes for the new integrated care system.
Bringing together opinions from leaders in general practice, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, and nursing, the primary care workforce report looks at the current issues concerning each profession and what solutions they expect from the incumbent integrated care boards (ICBs).
Healthcare Leader’s report addresses concerns from leaders about the primary care voice being lost with the move to ICBs. It also seeks to unify the sector’s concerns, which are often seen as disparate.
In addition, the report examines current workforce and training numbers along with pay trends and qualification requirements.
Editor Victoria Vaughan says: ‘Our report provides an easy-to-read overview of the issues across primary care. It is a direct response to ICB leaders’ concerns around workforce, which we know is the top concern for systems as they cannot tackle health inequalities without adequate primary care staffing.
‘Primary care is diverse but there are unifying concerns that ICBs are well placed to address, such as better planning, better commissioning, better support and better career progression – although they are required to do this while making significant cuts.
‘While leaders across healthcare await the government’s long-promised workforce plan, ICBs are busy assessing their needs and capacity across their systems to begin to address the current problems and future workforce needs.’
The report comes at a crucial moment for ICBs which, from April 1, begin taking on the commissioning of dentistry, pharmacy and optometry.
In July 2022, after the first official week of ICBs taking up the reigns of running the NHS, we released the 'CCGs: A post-mortem' report, showcasing major concerns around the new NHS structure.
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