Medical physician apprenticeships are coming to the UK

  1. Matthew David Morgan, deputy dean1,
  2. Jahangir Alom, emergency drugs physician2,
  3. Elisha De-Alker, ultimate 12 months medical pupil1,
  4. Sally Curtis, deputy head of faculty training3
  1. 1Hull York Medical College, College of Hull, Hull, UK
  2. 2Barts Well being NHS Belief, London, UK
  3. 3Main Care, Inhabitants Science and Medical Training, School of Drugs, College of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to: M D Morgan

Important particulars are lacking from plans for elementary adjustments to medical training

The NHS has been underneath extreme strain for a few years, exacerbated by substantial gaps within the healthcare workforce and complex by inequities in healthcare entry and outcomes.1 In response, NHS England’s long run workforce plan proposes to extend medical pupil numbers by 30% by 2028-29, together with 850 medical physician apprenticeships, and to double numbers by 2031.2

The previous 20 years have seen the introduction of 4 12 months graduate entry programmes, and 6 12 months widening participation (Gateway) programmes for underrepresented college students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Regardless of these initiatives, 72% of entrants to 4 and and 5 12 months programmes in 2017 got here from “managerial {and professional}” households.3 Additional, the rising price of residing has highlighted unequal entry to monetary assist for medical college students, together with the insufficient NHS bursary and accrual of considerable debt from tuition price and upkeep loans.4 College students in England coming into a 5 12 months programme in 2023, and depending on pupil loans to cowl …