Funding Extra Doctor Training Places
Record levels of investment will see an additional 153 trainee doctor posts created next year in what will be the largest annual expansion on record.
This level of expansion represents a 2.3% increase above the current whole time equivalent workforce of 6,570 trainees across all grades and specialties. Trainee doctors make up approximately 40% of all doctors currently employed by NHS Scotland Health Boards and therefore play a major role in service delivery.
The additional posts, costing £42m over the next four years, are being funded by the Scottish Government to help meet growing demand in a number of key specialties.
NHS Education for Scotland recommended uplifts in 24 different specialties overall, including anaesthetics, emergency medicine, general practice, intensive care medicine, paediatrics, psychiatry and surgery. Successful applicants will take up their posts in August 2024.
NHS Education for Scotland Medical Director Emma Watson said:
Scottish Ministers have approved a total of 725 additional training places since 2014. This number will increase by 153 from 2024 onwards. One hundred and fifty-two posts were created this year, and 139 were added in 2022.
Recommendations to expand were submitted by NHS Education for Scotland in collaboration with the Scottish Shape of Training Transition Group, with the help of medical workforce modelling data.
The group is chaired by Dr John Colvin, senior medical advisor to the Scottish Government, and includes members from the Scottish Government, NES, BMA Scotland, Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and various NHS Scotland Health Board representatives. A similar process will take place in 2024 for expansion taking place in 2025.