Is there a future health workforce?

Written by Raj 
@BecomingaDr Team 

I am always inspired when working with aspiring healthcare professionals, their energy is often infectious and a huge motivator in my daily work in the hospital and projects. Having work experience placement students asking questions about how the health system works, the care of patients and treatment decisions reminds me of when I was in their shoes not so long ago.

We are currently facing a national as well as global shortage of healthcare professionals, workforce is being highlighted as one of the key challenges facing the NHS and health systems internationally.

There is however no shortage of aspiring healthcare professionals, we must provide the right opportunities and an enabling environment for individuals to flourish from all walks of life. This responsibility does not only fall on health leaders but on all of us. Healthcare professionals and students arguably have a greater impact through daily interactions with our future health workforce.

To support efforts in this field we founded ‘Becoming a Doctor’ and the ‘National Health Careers Conference’. A number of volunteer health leaders, professionals and students are involved in supporting our work. All support and resources are free to access for aspiring healthcare professionals. We have supported over 2,000 aspiring medics and healthcare professionals so far and many more through our online resources.

October 2019 saw the 2nd National Health Careers Conference held in Manchester. The programme was founded in 2017 to support individuals from all walks of life access opportunities and resources to support their application to medicine and health careers.

Our last conference has seen the most diverse programme till date supported by NHS England, Universities, Royal Colleges, BMJ and regulators such as the GMC and GDC.  Conference features included an interprofessional keynote stage with distinguished speakers, patient keynotes, clinical skills and over 30 workshops for hundreds of delegates.

We are excited to be building on this work in 2020, if anyone is interested in developing our future health workforce and would like to collaborate or support our efforts in any way please do get in touch:  

Here are a few snaps from the conference!


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Elliot is a St George’s graduate currently working as an F1 Doctor in East London. As the first in his family to apply to university, Elliot is well aware of the barriers that can be faced in trying to get to medical school. He is passionate about widening access to medicine for underrepresented groups.
 He was the representative for St George’s on the BMA Medical Students Committee, and has done lots of work with local schools and colleges to raise awareness of medicine as a career, as well as working on admissions policies with the widening participation team St George’s. Elliot is part of the @BecomingaDr outreach team and National Health Careers Conference Team.