Policy paper

Review of the anaesthetics and intensive care medicine workforce

An in-depth review commissioned by DH and HEE of the anaesthetics and intensive care medicine (ICM) workforce in England.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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In-depth review of the anaesthetics and intensive care medicine workforce

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This in-depth review of the anaesthetics and intensive care medicine (ICM) workforce in England, focussed on fully trained anaesthetists and ICM specialists with a certificate of completion of training, who typically are employed as consultants.

The report looked ahead 20 years to 2033 and considered the balance of workforce supply to likely patient demand. The review covers anaesthetics, ICM and, where relevant, pain medicine. Anaesthetics is the largest hospital-based medical specialty, with anaesthetists applying their skills across many aspects of patient care.

The review:

  • identifies key drivers of demand and supply for anaesthetics and ICM, focusing on high-impact, high-uncertainty drivers that may have an impact in the next 20 years
  • models current and forecast demand and supply for anaesthetics and ICM
  • reviews workforce capacity and workload issues
  • considers different service delivery models/patient pathways and their workforce implications
  • considers different workforce planning options, including training numbers
Published 1 February 2015