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Primary Care Workforce Commission report is a foundation for the short and long term

2 November 2015

Health Education England (HEE) has published its response to Primary Care Workforce Commission report The future of primary care: creating teams for tomorrow’

Responding to the report HEE has said it will work towards delivering a broader range of staff such as  physician associates who will be involved in the delivery of healthcare and ensuring there is access to the appropriate education and training.

Professor Ian Cumming OBE, Chief Executive of Health Education England said:

HEE is committed to developing primary care and transforming it for the future.

We need to look at an appropriate skill mix that is required to deliver the right training to provide the best possible care for patients.

It’s important that it isn’t viewed as a short term solution, there are long term commitments from HEE to address some of the issues raised in the report, which require sustained investment

Professor Wendy Reid: Director of Education and Quality, Medical Director said:

This is a timely, thoughtful and rigorous review.

We now have a foundation for the short and long term and HEE is committed to a new structure of the workforce in primary and community care.

The report set out the Commission’s thinking on the future of primary care including calling for greater collaboration across organisations and for a broader range of staff involved in the delivery of healthcare.

The Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, commissioned HEE to establish the independent Primary Care Workforce Commission, chaired by Martin Roland CBE, Professor of Health Services Research, University of Cambridge to identify models of care to meet the future needs of the service. The Commission took written evidence from over 200 submissions, held an evidence review, took oral evidence and completed 12 site visits.