In response to the report, Professor Ravi Mahajan, RCoA President said: “It is encouraging to see a focus on cultural changes within the NHS, and a commitment to engage with doctors and other front-line healthcare workers in order to become a more compassionate and fair employer.”
The interim plan aims to make the NHS “the best place to work”. It sets out to make the NHS an “employer of excellence - valuing, supporting, developing and investing in our people”.
The plan sets out a number of actions to be taken in 2019-2020.
A full five-year People Plan providing detailed, costed action plans, and a detailed implementation plan for the NHS Long Term Plan is expected to be published following the government’s next Spending Review when there is clarity on the investment available for education and training and for digital and capital transformation.
The RCoA welcomed the announcement of a “new offer” which explicitly sets out the support they can expect from the NHS as a modern employer.
Prof Mahajan said: “As a College we have long championed the need for a flexible and supportive NHS and have specifically called for a national welfare and morale strategy for NHS staff and action on doctor’s fatigue. We are therefore pleased to see the plan’s pledge to develop a ‘new offer’ and the commitment to staff retention.”