Psychiatry: Consultants

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve the recruitment and retention of consultant psychiatrists in the east of England.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Locally, responsibility for staffing levels, including the recruitment and retention of consultant psychiatrists, rests with individual National Health Service trusts and their boards who are best placed to manage the staff they need to provide a given service.

NHS Improvement is working with local trusts such as the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust as part of its Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme. This includes working with Trust Boards and service leaders to consider how flexible working arrangements and promoting staff wellbeing can improve the retention of the psychiatry workforce.

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