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RCOT urges OTs to respond to workforce consultation

Draft health and care workforce strategy ends 23 March

Published on 9th March 2018

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has urged professionals to respond to the draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027.

The first ever system-wide draft strategy and consultation for health and social care services in England was published in December 2017. It sets out the current workforce landscape, what has been achieved since 2012, the work underway and describe an approach to shaping the face of the NHS and social care workforce for the next two decades.

Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future – a draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027 condenses and considers the outputs of major workforce plans for the priorities laid out in the Five Year Forward View – cancer, mental health, maternity, primary and community care and urgent and emergency care,” said the consultation.

The outcome of the consultation will feed into a joint health and social care workforce strategy planned for publication this summer. It will also inform the content of the forthcoming Department of Health and Social Care Green Paper on care and support for older people.

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England, said: “This document frames some of the big and urgent workforce questions that can no longer be ducked. It marks the start of what needs to be an open, inclusive and comprehensive process involving staff, providers, and patients groups to develop practical solutions for the coming decade.”

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday March 23, 2018. There is more information here.

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