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Workforce Report 2018

Updated on: 04 Apr 2020   First published on 31 Oct 2018

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 aweek 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 andhepatology 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 arefalling
  • The numbers of applicants for CMT has increased by 7% in 2018, but this is felt toreflect 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 MedicalCouncil Specialist Register in gastroenterology and/or hepatology in the UK on 1st September 2018


Dr Charlotte Rutter

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