Healthcare providers and employers across the UK face an arduous workforce challenge.

Demands on services are growing as numbers of emergency admissions and long-term conditions rise, policy drives the delivery of care closer to home and the age profile of the population rises. With significant numbers of “baby boomer” health professionals approaching retirement, there is more to do and fewer hands to do it with.

Thankfully the call to action has already been sounded. The 2006 Leitch report recognised the need to train and equip adults with higher levels of skills. At least 90 per cent, it recommended, should achieve qualifications at level 2 with funding for these more economically valuable and transferable courses to be shared by employers and the government.

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