MORE training posts are to be created within emergency medicine and general practice next year, Health Education England has announced.
But the number of core surgical training places is set to fall.
Proposals have been put forward for 20 additional posts in acute care common stem (ACCS) core training in emergency medicine (EM), a rise of 5.6 per cent.
The plans were outlined in HEE’s first workforce plan for England which will take effect from September 2014.
HEE said it is working with the College of Emergency Medicine “to increase the number of entry points into ACCS training, in order to provide a larger pool of doctors able to enter the middle-grade and progress to emergency medicine consultant posts.”
A run-through training pilot in emergency medicine will be established, covering core and higher training over the six-year period, with 173 posts available in 2014-15.
There are also plans to recruit up to 312 people into higher training posts for EM. This will include up to 193 posts to be made available once current trainees complete their training in 2014 and 119 posts that were unfilled in previous recruitment rounds.
HEE’s workforce plan also proposes increasing the number of general practice training posts by 222 in 2014-15, bringing the total to 3,115. The move is part of the organisation’s goal of a 50 per cent increase in GP training places, the plan said.
There are also plans to address the over-supply of surgical trainees by reducing core training places to 500 per year. This will mean a cut of 71 posts in 2014-15.
The report explained: “The main driver behind this recommendation was that current training levels of over 600 per year were resulting in hundreds of doctors graduating from this core training being unable to progress into Higher Specialty Training as we only require 350-400 of these per year.”
Read the HEE Workforce plan for England