Assessing aspirations and options available for later career stages.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Flexible Careers Committee is canvasing views on the optimal career plan and working terms and conditions for colleagues in the later stages of their careers. With the planned increase in retirement age there are potentially many implications for those working in the NHS.

There may be some doctors who wish to continue to work and feel encouraged to postpone retirement. Equally, there may be many others who are concerned about their ability to continue to perform at a high enough level and will seek to retire. Others may be happy to continue to work if given the option of reducing their workload. Several flexible retirement options, some related to the Flexible Careers Scheme, exist, and, particularly in shortage specialties, should be attractive to both doctors and employers. However, there is considerable evidence of doctors who wish to access these options having difficulty resulting, in many cases, in premature retirement. Such doctors represent an enormous resource of knowledge, experience and expertise, which should not be wasted.

The Flexible Careers Committee wants to investigate what options and opportunities would be attractive to doctors in the later stages of their careers. Therefore, we are inviting you to take part in this national survey. The survey is anonymous, it is semi-structured, to assist analysis, but, because the committee wishes to hear all views, it also enables full free text entries.

To take part in the survey please click here

The survey can be accessed on laptops/ tablets and android/iphones and can be saved at any time.
The results will be used to develop evidence based recommendations to present to NHS Employers, to both inform changes in the terms and conditions and to assist in workforce planning.

The survey will close on 16 September 2016