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Geriatric medicine workforce planning: A giant geriatric problem or has the tide turned?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James Fisher, Dr Mark Garside



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Royal College of Physicians, 2014.

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The UK's population is ageing and an adequately staffed geriatric medicine workforce is essential for high quality care. We evaluated the current and future geriatric medicine workforce, drawing on data relating to the UK population, current geriatric medicine consultants and trainees, recruitment into the specialty and trainee career progression. Data were derived from various sources, including the British Geriatrics Society Education and Training Committee bi-annual survey of training posts. The demographic of consultant geriatricians is changing and so too are their job plans, with more opting to work less than full time. The number of applicants to geriatric medicine training is increasing, yet increasing numbers of posts remain unfilled (4.7% in November 2010 and 14.1% in May 2013). The majority of geriatric medicine trainees secure a substantive consultant post within 6 months of obtaining their certificate of completion of training This work highlights challenges for the future: potential barriers to trainee recruitment, unfilled training posts and an ageing population and workforce. © Royal College of Physicians 2014. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Fisher JM, Garside M, Hunt K, Lo N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical Medicine

Year: 2014

Volume: 14

Issue: 2

Pages: 102-106

Print publication date: 01/04/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 16/02/2018

ISSN (print): 1470-2118

ISSN (electronic): 1473-4893

Publisher: Royal College of Physicians


DOI: 10.7861/clinmedicine.14-2-102

PubMed id: 24715117


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