Medacs Healthcare

OCT 27/2014

NHS hails success of ongoing A&E recruitment drive

Hundreds of new A&E medical jobs have been created within the NHS in the last year thanks to to a government-spearheaded recruitment drive.

Health Education England and the College of Emergency Medicine have been overseeing a fresh effort to bolster manpower in this crucial sector on both a short and long-term basis, in order to ensure emergency departments across the country remain fully staffed.

As a result, 260 more A&E doctors have been recruited than at the same time last year, including 101 more junior doctors specialising in emergency medicine, 51 existing junior doctors staying in the field and 58 junior professionals transferring to A&E.

Moreover, 50 experienced medics from India, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Malaysia have been handed fixed-term contracts that will commence in November 2014, adding further proven expertise at hospitals up and down the nation.

Commenting on the figures, health secretary Jeremy Hunt observed that more emergency staff are needed due to the increased patient demand that many NHS services are currently facing.

Health Education England's director of education and quality professor Wendy Reid said: "By working collaboratively across the whole health system and particularly with the College of Emergency Medicine, Health Education England has shown that we can raise the profile of a medical specialty and improve recruitment.

"We have emphasised the importance of a multi professional approach to meet the needs of patients at a critical time in their lives."

With the average age of the UK population on the rise and chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity becoming more common, it is expected that demand for emergency medical staff is going to remain high in the foreseeable future.

This is likely to be particularly true in the coming months, as British winters are typically associated with an increase in emergency admissions due to the increased risk of cold-related illnesses and infections, as well as the danger of slips, trips and accidents in winter weather.

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