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New report exposes continuing shortage of geriatricians

22 Feb 2024

Analysis of 2022 Physicians’ Census highlights potential impact of workforce pressures on healthcare for UK’s ageing population ...

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More than half of UK surgical workforce says access to operating theatres is a major challenge  

18 Jan 2024

Surgical Workforce Census data shows problems accessing operating theatres are contributing to long waiting times for hospital treatment across the UK  ...

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Royal Colleges of Physicians Update Later Careers Guidance

12 Dec 2023

The new guidance is informed by the latest data on doctors aged 50 or over gathered in the 2022 intercollegiate census of consultant physicians. ...

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The doctors behind the debate: Royal Colleges launch briefing paper in Northern Ireland

18 Oct 2023

A new briefing paper was launched at our drop-in event in Stormont, Northern Ireland on 11 October, hosted jointly by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Royal College of Physi...

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Joint surgical Royal Colleges’ statement on Physician Associates (PAs)

10 Oct 2023

Physician Associates (PAs) are valuable members of the surgical team who help in the delivery of acute and elective surgical care. They do not undergo the same medical training or specialist educat...

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Workforce Recovery and Transformation
Health services in many parts of the world are over-stretched due to workforce shortages, rising demand for services and difficulties in retaining staff.
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Wellbeing
A healthy healthcare workforce is essential for patient care. When the workforce is exhausted, experiencing burnout, and struggling to balance their work and personal lives, it impacts on everyone.
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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to standing up for equality, diversity and inclusion. We want our College to reflect the diversity in the NHS workforce and in the patients that we care for.
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Climate Change and Sustainability
Climate change has caused great harm to our planet and warnings of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding will all place a significant burden on our health outcomes.
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Health Inequalities
The health inequalities in our society have been both highlighted and exacerbated by the covid pandemic. There is a need to do things differently.
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COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the lives of healthcare professionals, and the urgent need to learn whilemfocusing on delivering the best care for our patients has been an enormous challenge.
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