Dermatology: Vacancies

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Labour, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of workforce shortages in the NHS on the delivery of dermatology services.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

It is the responsibility of National Health Service trusts to have staffing arrangements in place that deliver safe and effective care. This includes recruiting the staff needed to support these levels and meet local needs.

Dermatology is a highly competitive specialty training pathway and often oversubscribed. Nationally and locally there has been a 100% fill rate in dermatology training for the past four years. In May 2010 there were 464 full time equivalent dermatologists (doctors at the consultant grade) and in October 2018 there were 577 full time equivalent dermatologists – a 24% increase.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has commissioned Baroness Dido Harding, working closely with Sir David Behan, to lead a number of programmes to engage with key NHS interests to develop a detailed workforce implementation plan. These programmes will consider detailed proposals to grow the workforce, including consideration of additional staff and skills required, build a supportive working culture in the NHS and ensure first rate leadership for NHS staff.

Baroness Harding will present initial recommendations to the Department in spring 2019. A final workforce implementation plan will follow later in the year, taking into account the outcomes of the Spending Review.

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