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Future Doctor

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

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.

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



  29 August 2019

  Call for Evidence opens

  26 September 2019

  Call for Evidence closes

  October 2019

  Analysis and development - Future Doctor consultation      document

  February 2020

  Future Doctor consultation launch

  May 2020

  Future Doctor consultation closes

  June 2020

  Analysis of consultation responses

  TBC 2020

  Recommendations and next steps



Call for Evidence - now closed

Open from 29 August to 26 September, 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; and
  • the skills, knowledge and behaviours doctors will need to perform their role in the future.

The feedback will be used to inform a consultation document on the Future Doctor. We will be seeking views from patients and the public through a national consultation, which will be launched in early 2020. 

The Call for Evidence is now closed.