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Urgent and emergency care

Ensuring an emergency care workforce with the right numbers, skills and behaviours is a strategic priority for Health Education England. The National Urgent and Emergency Care Programme (UECare) incorporating Paramedic Workforce and Advanced Clinical Practice team are working in partnership with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) and other stakeholders to increase the number of trainees, consultants and multi-professional staff in emergency departments.

The National Urgent and Emergency Care Programme (UECare) was established in April 2018 bringing together existing workstreams including Securing the future of the emergency department workforce, Paramedic workforce and Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP).  ACP is now part of the AHP Cluster. 

UECare work collaboratively with HEE National teams in Primary Care, Mental Health and Public Health, with royal colleges and other stakeholders and with NHS England and NHS Improvement. 


Project overview 


The Urgent and Emergency Care Review is being led by Keith Willett, National Director for Acute Episodes of Care, NHS England, on behalf of Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director, NHS England. Emergency Medicine Workforce Implementation Group is also working in partnership with NHS England and the group will offer expert advice on workforce into the review. More detail can be found on the NHS England website.

Advanced clinical practitioners come from a range of professional backgrounds such as nursing, pharmacy, paramedics and occupational therapy. They are healthcare professionals educated to Masters level and have developed the skills and knowledge to allow them to take on expanded roles and scope of practice caring for patients.

Paramedics play a vital role across both urgent and emergency care and are increasingly becoming employed within the primary care environment.