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Widening Participation Call For Evidence

Creating a more flexible and adaptable workforce are ambitions set out in both the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) and Interim People Plan (IPP). Ensuring we have an NHS workforce which is representative of the communities it serves means it is better placed to meet their needs.

The NHS Interim People Plan says that there is much more that can be done, both to recruit people from the widest possible range of backgrounds, and to offer them satisfying and developing careers in the NHS over their working lives. In addition, there is a need to build a more adaptable workforce through widening routes into the NHS and addressing geographical and specialty issues.

We know there are good examples of provider organisations that have applied evidence and evaluation effectively to drive improvements in reducing gaps in access and participation of healthcare education. We would like to understand the broader national picture of what good widening access and participation initiatives look like for undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare courses. To this end we are asking providers of undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare courses to tell us about the measures they have put in place to widen access and participation to people from underrepresented groups and communities.   

The form in the link here will give you the opportunity to give us the information relating to your widening access and participation initiatives including the evidence applied to the approach and evaluation.

The evidence you submit will help us to understand the broader national picture of what good  widening access and participation initiatives in undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare education look like, with the intention of identifying successful initiatives that can be scaled up and applied across England.