Department of Health written question – answered on 16th January 2015.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Conservative, Chesham and Amersham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant dermatologist training posts have been funded in each financial year since 2010; and what assessment he has made of the sufficiency of that number.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Health Education England (HEE) has commissioned 177 specialty training places in dermatology in 2014/15 and intends to maintain this number in 2015/16.

Data on the volume of training places commissioned by strategic health authorities in the period before 2014/15 is not available.

HEE is responsible for workforce planning and education commissioning activity to ensure that the National Health Service in England has available a future workforce in the right numbers, with the right skills, values and behaviours this includes dermatologists.

HEE has recently published its second national workforce plan for England for the period 2015/16 which is built upon the needs of local employers, commissioners and other stakeholders who, as members of Local Education Training Boards have shaped the 13 local plans that are the foundation of the national plan for England. The priorities in the plan are the priorities of the NHS, identified locally and nationally by employers, colleges and other stakeholders.

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