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The College plays a major role in
workforce planning and aims to ensure a well-trained workforce of
psychiatrists working in the UK to deliver safe, sustainable
and flexible services for patients.
The Training and Working Unit, based in
Professional Standards department in the College, supports and
manages a number of workstreams as part of this aim.
The College works with Health
Education England (HEE) and other organisations to support
improvements to the planning of education and training programmes
from 2015. HEE have published a workforce
plan for 2015-16. For the past two years, the
College has agreed with its faculties and workforce advisors a
written submission in response to HEE's
call for evidence to all medical royal colleges. The Royal
College of Psychiatrists provided
a response in July 2015, setting out the evidence of workforce
needs across the psychiatric specialties. The College also
works closely with the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI),
who published in 2014 an
in-depth study on the
future workforce needs in psychiatry.
Every two years the College conducts a
bi-annual survey of the psychiatric workforce in the UK. The
results from the 2013 RCPsych workforce
census, the latest survey conducted, are available on the
College website. The next workforce census will be conducted in the
Autumn of 2015 with publication in early 2016.
The Training and Workforce Unit
supports the network of College Regional
Advisors, who have a crucial role in approving NHS job
descriptions for psychiatrists. The unit also supports a large
network of nearly 500 College Assessors,
who attend Advisory Appointment Committee (AAC) panels on
behalf of the College and help ensure consultant appointees are of
the required standard.
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