British Society of Gastroenterology Workforce Report - October 2018
Dr Charlotte Rutter
On 1st September 2017 there were 1494 substantive gastroenterologists and hepatologists in the UK, a 1.6% expansion from 2016. Mean expansion is unchanged in the last 10 years.
54% of advertised consultant posts in 2016 – 2017 were unfilled suggesting expansion is less than it could be.
21% of consultants were female and 13% of all consultants worked LTFT
It is predicted we need an additional 140 WTE consultants working 11.5PAs a
week which could be achieved in 2 years.
Mean WTE PAs worked per week were 12.13 (contracted 11.22), LTFT 9.23
There are 698 Higher Specialty Trainees (609 NTNs) in gastroenterology and
hepatology in the UK. 106 CCTs were awarded in gastroenterology and/or
hepatology between 1st October 2017 and 30th September 2018.
In 2018 recruitment into ST3 NTNs was 100% although competition ratios are
The numbers of applicants for CMT has increased by 7% in 2018, but this is felt to
reflect that this is the last year of CMT training before IM training is rolled out.
There are 1,937 doctors holding a licence to practice on the General Medical
Council Specialist Register in gastroenterology and/or hepatology in the UK on 1st September 2018.