One in six UK cancer centres now operates with fewer clinical oncology consultants than five years ago, according to a report by the Royal College of Radiologists.
Vacancies for clinical oncology posts are now double what they were in 2013 – with more than half of vacant posts empty for a year or more, the report says. That means that the UK’s clinical oncology workforce is currently 18% understaffed and the shortfall is predicted to grow to at least 22% by 2023. To close the gap between supply and demand for cancer doctors, trainee numbers need to at least double. Even with that investment, the gap would not be closed until 2029.
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has published a good practice guide for adult social care providers improve their services. It is based on the ombudsman’s experience of investigating complaints about independent providers and gives real-life examples of the common problems the organisation sees as well as offering some ways to avoid the pitfalls.
Public Health England has published a review of what it calls the wider public health workforce – which includes sectors that influence but do not work directly in public health. These include social care, emergency services and housing departments. The review looks at how the workforce as a whole advocates for health, influences the determinants of health and interacts with individuals and communities.
As if GP practices didn’t have enough to do at the end of the financial year, this year they also need to submit their plans for primary care networks. It may seem like another chore, but – argues PCC’s Tracy Green – this is one job you really can’t afford to put off.
For primary care networks to succeed, individual practices need to continue to develop new skills and build the capabilities of their teams. PCC is continuing to develop its practice team development programme which includes practical courses on correspondence management, effective communication, smarter working and care navigation/signposting, among others. We can also help you develop the softer skills, including techniques for avoiding conflict and building trust, and generic skills – for example, the ability to facilitate effective meetings. Some courses are listed on our events calendar, while others can be run in your area on request. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.