Doctors need to establish general skills before specialist training, says report
- By: Kelly Brendel
Doctors should establish more generalist skills before specialist training to cope with increasing rates of chronic disease, says a report by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI).
The report, Informing medical and dental student intakes, is part of an ongoing project to review the future healthcare workforce, and it outlines the long term factors that are anticipated to affect future medical and dental school intakes. One of the factors cited most often was that of rising rates of chronic diseases, which will place further strain on the NHS and increase the number of generalist roles needed.
Thirty medical stakeholders and experts were interviewed for the report and asked to identify the “driving forces” that will influence the requirements, numbers, and proportions of the medical workforce up to 2040. The report organised these forces—of which there were 44—according to the categories of technological, economic, environmental, political, social, and ethical. Each factor