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Successful commissioners are aligning strategic workforce planning with staff training and development across primary care.

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When the Primary Care Workforce Commission published its latest report in July, it made clear that change must happen – and that developing the skills of staff was a key part of this.Indeed, the commission’s vision includes the aspiration that high quality education will be available to all staff working in primary care, to give them access to continuing professional development, and provide them with the skills they need. The commission, however, also lays on the line the challenges that already face primary care and those that are just around
the corner. Increasing workload, an ageing population and increasingly complex medical problems being diagnosed and managed in the community were just some of the issues highlighted in the report, which also points out that investment in primary care has fallen well behind that in hospitals. None of this will come as any surprise to clinical commissioning groups – but what can be done about it? Taking workforce seriously is a good start.

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