New report highlights need for action to ensure sustainability of healthcare academic workforce

21 January 2020

The Council of Deans of Health has called on all parts of the healthcare sector to work together to ensure the sustainability of the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions academic workforce, in a new report published today. The report, The academic workforce in health faculties, calls for succession planning to be made a key priority for the sector in order to meet the increasing demand for new academic staff in these disciplines.

Drawing on data collected in 2019 from the Council’s members about the profile of the academic workforce as well as recruitment and retention issues, the report highlights the need for increasing investment in continuing professional development opportunities; increased early career research and teaching opportunities; and more innovative and targeted recruitment campaigns.

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council, said:

“This report provides an important insight into the academic workforce of healthcare faculties and departments across the UK. The ability to recruit academic staff with the right skills and experiences to provide the best education for students is vital to increasing the numbers of students on these courses and delivering the future nursing, midwifery and allied health professions workforce envisaged by government across the UK.

“The high-quality delivery of education and research requires strategic workforce planning and development if we are to attract more people from all backgrounds into academic careers and enable them to acquire teaching and research skills. Close partnership working between practice and higher education will be essential and as a Council we are committed to working with a range of  stakeholders to ensure we have the academic workforce we need.”


Notes to editors:

  1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions.
  2. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames, 07496 693 806.
  3. Report: The academic workforce in health faculties – Analysis of the Council’s academic staffing census 2019

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