Accurate workforce data is essential for the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) to advise on current and future training needs. A census of the UK Pain Medicine UK workforce was undertaken in 2012 and its analysis can be found via the links below. This data has recently been used to answer questions raised by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence’s (CfWI) in-depth review of the Anaesthesia workforce, commissioned by The Department of Health (DoH) and Health Education England (HEE).
Currently there is shortfall in pain medicine specialists in some healthcare regions in England & Wales. In the absence of service redesign, this will necessitate enhanced recruitment above the rate or retirement. In the next 20-30 years the UK will have an increasingly elderly population. Together with an expected increase in diabetes, painful chronic diseases and surgical procedures, the burden of chronic pain on patients and society will continue to increase.
The FPM is committed to ensuring that pain medicine training standards and opportunities are maintained and will continue to engage with workforce planning organisations to meet this demand. To this end on-going workforce information is being recorded biannually and a further full census is planned for 2018.
- You can read a summary of the work completed by the FPM Workforce and Quality Assurance Working Party in 2014 here.
- Dr Jon McGhie and Dr Victor Mendis, co-leads for the workforce project, published an article in the Autumn 2013 edition of Transmitter summarising the background to the project and the initial chronic pain data. Please click here to read the article.
- Dr McGhie published an update in the Spring 2014 edition of Transmitter including statistical information. Please click here to read the article.
Health Education England - Call for Evidence
In August 2014, Health Education England (HEE) issued a 'Call for Evidence' to assist them in improving the accuracy of their future workforce planning and service delivery. The FPM responded with a detailed submission which you can read below.
For more information on the call for evidence, please visit HEE's website: https://hee.nhs.uk/work-programmes/workforce-planning/hee-workforce-planning-201415-call-for-evidence/
Appointment Advisory Committee (AAC) Data
The table below shows the number of Consultants posts with an interest in Pain Medicine available since 2007. The table also shows the number of AAC panels which were cancelled during the same period; panels are cancelled for a number of reasons however, the most common cause is a lack of suitable applicants.
|Year||Consultant Posts||AACs Cancelled|
Figures taken from the RCoA AAC data.
Advanced Pain Training Posts
The table below shows the number of Advanced Pain Training posts available in each region. This data was taken from the July 2016 RAPM Bi-Annual Report submissions.
|East of Scotland||1|
|North of Scotland||2|
|South East Scotland||1|
|West of Scotland||1|
|Leicester & South Trent||2|
|Nottingham & Mid-Trent||1|
|Sheffield & North Trent||2|