Following the major disruption to postgraduate medical education during the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Education England (HEE) has worked with NHS England & NHS Improvement, NHS Employers, the Department of Health and Social Care, the General Medical Council, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and others to support training recovery as an urgent priority and mitigate the impact of the pandemic on doctors in training.
The Training Recovery Interim Progress Report outlines the approach taken to define, manage and reduce risks to medical workforce wellbeing, numbers and future supply. It also sets out our joint commitments for continuing to build upon and embed the progress we have made to facilitate training recovery and secure future improvements to Post Graduate Medical Education.
As a result of HEE and partners’ interventions, extension rates are currently lower than original projections. However, the number of trainees with a training backlog has grown over the duration of the programme. These trainees carry a future extension risk and will require our continued support. HEE has therefore signed up to 18 joint commitments, that set out to:
- continue system engagement;
- increase opportunities for training recovery;
- ensure wellbeing for training recovery and future resilience;
- embed improvements to training; and
- share best practice.
These system-wide commitments will be essential to avoid further extension costs, and to support trainees who are managing ongoing curriculum gaps. HEE will continue to work with partners to support trainees, maximise training opportunities while supporting service recovery, and embed continuous improvements to training structures and delivery.