This document was written in retrospect for October 2021, and published in February 2022.
- On 30th September 2020 there were 1700 substantive consultant gastroenterologists and hepatologists in the UK, a 5.8% expansion from 2019
- 22% of consultants were female and 14% of all consultants worked flexibly
- The consultant workforce has expanded by 54% over the last ten years; mean yearly expansion is between 4.5% and 5%
- Mean intended retirement age was reported as 61.5 years with 51% of consultants reaching this age over the next decade; on average, there will be 87 retirements per year
- Mean WTE PAs contracted per week were 11.46 and flexible PAs 7.16; consultants reported working an additional 1.PA a week
- 48% of advertised consultant gastroenterology and hepatology posts in 2020 were unfilled indicating expansion was less than it could be
- With the current shortfall in workforce, predicted retirements and population growth, we need between 7 – 9% yearly expansion
- Gastroenterology is the major physician specialty at highest risk of burnout with lower (worse) mean mental wellbeing scores
- On 30th September 2019 there were 721 gastroenterology and hepatology Higher Specialty Trainees in the UK
- HST Recruitment in 2021 was 98% to NTNs and 88% to LATs
- It would be appropriate to double the number of ST4 NTNs recruited each year to address the consultant deficit and need for greater expansion
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