RCUK Statement on 'Appropriate release of medical colleagues for the purposes of carrying out work for the wider health system'

Healthcare professionals’ access to education and training and work undertaken on behalf of regulators, and other professional healthcare bodies, is critical to improving patient care and safety. That’s why we are pleased to see the joint publication that drives the importance of 'Appropriate release of medical colleagues for the purposes of carrying out work for the wider health system' from the Department of Health & Social Care, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the General Medical Council and NHS England. This letter encourages Trusts and Trust Boards to continue to look favourably on such requests from doctors seeking support to undertake national or regional work for the wider benefit of the public and of health services across England and the devolved administrations.
 
We are passionate about the importance of education and training for all allied health professionals. Our RCUK courses are also taken by medical students, paramedics, midwives, nurses, and dentists, to name a few other valued healthcare professions. We also encourage Trusts and Trust Boards to look favourably on requests from other healthcare professional groups.