NHS to promote portfolio careers as part of new workforce plan

by Barrie Hopson on June 5, 2019 · 0 comments

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I have been writing quite a lot over the past year about health service professionals who are being attracted more and more by the idea of portfolio careers. This has now been highlighted by a report this week

which focuses on an NHS commitment to make general practice a ‘more attractive’ place to work by promoting portfolio careers, as part of its interim workforce plan. The plan has also pledged to roll out a voluntary two-year Primary Care Fellowship programme for newly qualified GPs and nurses entering general practice by March 2020.

The report said: ‘The full People Plan will set out a broader strategy for a sustainable general practice workforce and how we will meet the commitment to an additional 5,000 doctors working in general practice through both recruitment and retention programmes.’

The full people’s plan is set to come out following the next spending review in autumn/winter when the Government will confirm how much investment is available for education and training.

The plan has faced multiple delays and leaks since it was due to be published in April.

NHS Improvement chair Dido Harding, who authored the interim plan, said: ‘This plan clearly acknowledges the workforce challenges the service faces. I want frontline NHS staff to know that we have heard their concerns about the pressures they face and we are determined to address them.

‘The NHS needs more staff to meet the ambitions for patients set out in the NHS long-term plan. But that, on its own, is not enough. We need to change the way people work in the NHS to recognise the changing needs of patients and to create a modern, caring and exciting workplace that should be the best place to work in England. This will take time but this interim plan sets out a clear direction of travel and commits to the immediate actions available to us.’

So expect to see far more evidence of health workers embarking on portfolio careers.

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