The BMJ plays its part in tackling the medical crisis


New analysis of vacancy rates published today by the BMA underlines that urgent action needs to be taken to help recruit hospital doctors.

Nearly three quarters of all medical specialties had unfilled training posts in 2016. Dozens of specialties face recruitment shortfalls year-on-year. The number of applications to UK medical schools has decreased for the third year in a row and by more than 13 per cent since 2013. The Application levels to the foundation programme (the first year of doctors’ training following medical school) are decreasing, with 2016 having the lowest number of applicants in recent years (applications to specialty training are also in decline). And fewer trainees are moving directly into specialty training and are instead choosing to take a career break.

It doesn’t paint a very rosy picture. That’s why it’s positive to see the BMJ (which aims to lead the debate on health and to engage, inform, and stimulate doctors, researchers, and other health professionals in ways that will improve outcomes for patients), step up.

BMJ Careers has launched a new subscription recruitment package that gives Trusts unlimited access to online job posting, regular updates, and opportunities for branding and promotion, for a fixed annual price. For sure, there must still be something in it for the BMJ. They’re not a charity. However, if it helps Trusts in their quest to attract and recruit the right people – by offering greater value for money – then it’s got to be a step in the right direction.

Philip Johnson, Director of BMJ Careers, said “Our new subscription recruitment packages put Trusts in control at a time when they have never had more difficulty filling posts. All year round advertising enables fast, effective access to both active and passive job-seekers, while targeted emails and our CV database helps Trusts to actively find the right candidate, every time.”

 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

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The BMJ plays its part in tackling the medical crisis