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Reshaping the medical workforce

Posted 28/09/2011

The RSE supports the overarching ambition of the strategy embedded in the Scottish Government’s paper "Reshaping the Medical Workforce" to ensure higher quality healthcare services for patients but is concerned by the failure to factor in the critical role of clinical academics.

The RSE supports the overarching ambition of the strategy embedded in the Scottish Government’s paper "Reshaping the Medical Workforce" to ensure higher quality healthcare services for patients but is concerned by the failure to factor in the critical role of clinical academics.

Scotland has a vibrant and world-class medical research base. From this excellence comes translation of new knowledge into treatments, interventions, diagnostics and technologies which have made a significant positive impact on - and in several cases revolutionised - the delivery of healthcare services in Scotland and beyond.

In addition to service delivery, clinical academics are responsible for the undergraduate curriculum, inspiring and educating the next generation of clinicians, and they contribute substantially to postgraduate medical training. Clinical academics play a leading role in basic, translational and clinical research, bridging between bench and bedside and providing a key interface with industry. Any plans to reshape the future medical workforce should recognise the need to support and grow the clinical academic community essential to build a healthier and wealthier Scotland.

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