In July 2010 the government published its White Paper Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS. This new policy directive proposed major reforms for the NHS including giving GPs the responsibility for commissioning healthcare and introducing a more diverse array of providers into the healthcare market.
In December 2010 the consultation paper Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforce was published. This document set out how the proposals in the White Paper would affect healthcare education and training. This included:
- Healthcare providers will be responsible for identifying their own workforce needs
- Healthcare providers will form ‘skills networks’ with each other and these will be responsible for managing workforce data and commissioning education and training
- Healthcare Education England will be a new body that will have national oversight for multi-professional workforce commissioning
London Medicine activities and response to the policy developments
London Medicine has been engaging with key stakeholders in order to influence the policy development, and understand the implications for higher education in the capital. This has included:
- Three breakfast briefings with guest speakers from The King’s Fund and the NHS Future Forum lead for Education and Training
- A small delegation of members met with the Director for Workforce Development, Department of Health to raise concerns from the proposals in the White Paper
- A response to the White Paper was submitted to the Department of Health in November 2010
- The Director for Workforce Development, Department of Health was the guest speaker at the January 2011 meeting of London Medicine
- A response to the Developing the Healthcare Workforce consultation was submitted to the Department of Health in February 2011
The documents below include responses submitted to the Department of Health on behalf of London Medicine as well as notes from breakfast briefings.
“The proposals should recognise the unique environment in which university providers of medical and healthcare education operate within London and the interdependencies between universities and the wider system of healthcare and the NHS.”