Workers employed by PCNs in direct affected person care roles jumped by 12.3% between March and June 2022, in accordance with evaluation of NHS Digital figures by GPonline.
Responses from 1,077 PCNs present networks had recruited on common 10.7 full-time equal (FTE) employees delivering direct affected person care by June 2022 – up from 9.6 in March.
Throughout the 1,261 PCNs in England, this implies complete employees in direct affected person care roles have reached 13,457 – simply over midway to the goal set by the federal government and NHS England to usher in 26,000 employees to assist main care by 2024 via the extra roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS).
Ruth Rankine, director of main care on the NHS Confederation stated the rise within the main care workforce was a direct results of PCNs’ efforts to recruit extra employees from various specialities and professions.
‘NHS leaders agree that the sector must be expanded even additional to supply the broadest vary of healthcare providers to sufferers and native communities, together with elevated numbers of nursing associates, pharmacists, psychological well being practitioners and physiotherapists working alongside docs and different basic apply employees,’ Ms Rankine stated.
Nevertheless PCNs are going through vital cashflow challenges as a result of late funds beneath ARRS have left them out of pocket by six-figure sums and accountants have warned that fee delays have left some PCNs more and more ‘frightened’ to recruit.
The BMA has additionally warned that PCNs are struggling to make use of lots of of hundreds of thousands of kilos in recruitment money as a result of practices don’t have any room to accommodate new employees.
Ms Rankine stated main care leaders are conscious that regardless of these will increase, the workforce just isn’t increasing shortly sufficient given the pressures of enormous therapy backlogs and an ageing inhabitants and referred to as on the federal government to set out a plan to deal with continual employees shortages throughout main care.
The FTE fully-qualified GP workforce fell by 442 within the 12 months to June 2022 as numbers of sufferers registered with practices grew – leaving every GP caring for 3% extra sufferers now than 12 months in the past.
‘We’re deeply involved that the variety of totally certified GPs fell by over 2% throughout the 12 months as much as June 2022, with lots of of GPs leaving the service,’ Ms Rankine stated.
She added: ‘The Well being Basis additionally just lately projected that the general scarcity in certified everlasting GPs in England will enhance to six,700 by 2023/24, rising additional to eight,800 by 2030/31.’