British Society of Gastroenterology Workforce Report -  October 2018

Dr Charlotte Rutter


Key points:

  • 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

    (contracted 8.60).

  • 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.


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