APPG Rural Health and Social Care, Workforce challenges & opportunities
The all party parliamentary which is undertaking the inquiry into rural health and social care ran a session to look at workforce issues, at which the following questions were considered:
What are the challenges recruiting in social care including nursing care and domiciliary care? How could they be addressed for rural areas?
How could recruitment of hospital doctors and of GPs be improved? What is wrong with the system?
Does practice experience in rural areas indicate training programmes in the royal colleges need to change to include rural experience and a more generalist training?
What could and should be the role of the many new associate professions?
Does structure, budgets and reporting lines get in the way?
Should nurses be commonly recruited to work across both health and social care?
The session was chaired by Anne Marie Morris MP and The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London. Other witnesses who gave evidence were Dr Ruth May (Chief Nursing Officer for England), Susan Aitkenhead (Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for Policy & System Transformation), Denise Thiruchelvam (Director of Nursing & Quality in Surrey, Representing the Royal College of Nursing), Dr Krishna Kasaraneni (member of the General Practitioners Committee and Chair of the Education, Training and Workforce Subcommittee, British Medical Association), Professor Stephen Singleton (Director, Cumbria Learning & Improvement Collaborative), Sheila Childerhouse (Chair, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust), Cllr Andrew Leadbetter (Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health Services, Devon County Council), Stephen Chandler (Director for Adult Social Services, Lead Commissioner for Adults & Health, Somerset County Council). Notes will be published on the parliamentary inquiry section in future.