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Is the NHS staffed for the future?

1 November 2016

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On Tuesday 1 November, the Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS holds three evidence sessions as it turns its attention to the NHS workforce and mental health services.


Tuesday 1 November, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.05am

  • Professor Alan Manning, Member, Migration Advisory Committee
  • Professor Ian Cumming, Chief Executive, Health Education England
  • Professor Wendy Reid, Director of Education and Quality, Health Education England
  • Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers

At 11.00am

  • Professor Paul Corrigan, Professor of Health Policy, Imperial College London
  • Shirley Cramer, Chair, People in Public Health, Royal Society of Public Health
  • Jo Moriarty, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London

At 12.00pm

  • Claire Murdoch, Director, NHS National Mental Health
  • Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations, MIND

Possible questions

In the first session, the Committee asks witnesses:

  • How prepared the NHS workforce is for the challenges of the next 15-20 years?
  • What impact will Bexit have on the supply of healthcare workers from overseas?
  • What numbers and skills mix will be required to ensure the workforce can support a sustainable health and social care system?

In the second session, questions focus on:

  • Whether the health and social care workforce is equipped to deliver the Government's plan for greater efficiency and unprecedented levels of productivity?
  • Whether the current system is financially viable to support a workforce that can meet increasingly complex health needs?

Questions put to witnesses in the third session include:

  • What are the key challenges and issues in the provision and delivery of mental health services?
  • What progress has been made in delivering the recommendations of the Mental Health Taskforce?
  • Whether the ambition of parity of esteem between mental and physical health services can be achieved?

Further information

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