The Academy takes a UK-wide perspective on workforce issues. It hosts a Workforce Committee set up to advise the Academy on relevant policy and strategy relating to the workforce. The Committee is comprised of doctors and staff from across the colleges and faculties and identifies, explores, and builds a cross-college and faculty position regarding key workforce issues, including:

    • The recruitment and retention of doctors

    • Flexible working (including portfolio careers)

    • Staff wellbeing

    • Future workforce planning

    • The changing shape of the profession, including trainees, SAS, LEDs, and consultants and GPs

    • Multi-professional team working and new ways of working across healthcare

The work is led by Fiona Donald (Chair) and John-Paul Mattar (Manager)

The Workforce Committee was set up in 2023 replacing the Academy Flexible Careers Committee. Work produced by the Flexible Careers Committee remains relevant to the Committee and can be found below.

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Useful links for flexible working

Later careers

Career Refresh for Medicine, HEE, (CaReForMe) has been developed to help support doctors who have had a break in practice, including those new to the NHS, return more easily and safely. It is a facilitative programme, meaning eligible doctors are still responsible for finding an appropriate post

Trainee Doctors

Health Education England. SuppoRTT

SuppoRTT was developed to enable trainees to have a safe, supported return to work by offering a wide range of learning and support resources, which can be used to create a bespoke package of support which suits their individual needs.

Working flexibly
Working from home