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Future Doctor

What do the NHS, patients and the public require from 21st-century doctors?  

HEE is leading the Future Doctor Programme to establish a clear view of what the NHS, patients and the public require from future doctors.

To support the ambitions of the NHS People Plan, Future Doctor will ensure medical practitioners of today and tomorrow are equipped with the right skills, knowledge, behaviours and values needed to deliver world-class patient care in the 21st century.

Future Doctor USP

Through evidence gathering and engagement we have defined the unique behaviours and skills of future doctors: 

  • Applied wisdom
  • Patient advocate
  • Catalysts for change
  • Managing and evaluating risk
  • Fluent in leading and a team player
  • Expert Communicator

We are engaging with patient groups, clinical professionals, experts and leaders from across healthcare, education and regulation, to inform potential changes to medical education and training.

If you have any queries about Future Doctor please contact our team at futuredoctor@hee.nhs.uk.


Open from 29 August - 26 September 2019, the Call for Evidence sought expert views from the service: multi-professional regulatory and membership bodies, and clinical professionals. 

The Call for Evidence asked stakeholders to consider the role of the doctor in the future, including:

 - the expectations of doctors in the future
 - the factors that will impact the role of the doctor in the future
 - what the role of the future doctor will be compared to what it is now 
 - the skills, knowledge and behaviours doctors will need to perform their role in the future.

The Call for Evidence is now closed.

The Interim NHS People Plan committed Health Education England to work with key stakeholders and partners on a national consultation to establish “what the NHS, patients and the public require from 21st-century medical graduates”. This work will look at the role of the doctor within the context of the future multidisciplinary team and consider how they interact with the evolving roles of other healthcare professionals.

The all-encompassing aim to provide a sustainable healthcare workforce that can deliver high-quality, person-centred care in the 21st century.