RCR oncology workforce census

Findings from the Clinical Oncology UK Workforce Census Report 2019 and 2019 infographic are concerning: cancer services are at risk, as workforce shortages continue to increase year-on-year. Consultant clinical oncologists are taking early retirement, resulting in stagnant workforce growth and the loss of valuable expertise, and cancer centres are increasingly turning to overseas recruitment, locums and skill-mix to mitigate workforce shortages.

These powerful, but concerning, data are used by the RCR to lobby government, health education bodies, and policy-makers for increased training numbers and improved working practices for clinical oncologists.  The data are also used by cancer centres and other stakeholders for workforce planning and benchmarking purposes.  We would like to thank all heads of service for participating in the 2019 census and ensuring robust data, with a 100% completion rate.

The UK workforce census report 2019 is supplemented by individual devolved nations workforce census reports.  These summary reports provide details of the clinical oncology workforce situation in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in 2019, focusing on regional variation and workforce forecasts over the next five years.

For queries or suggestions regarding census data, please email census@rcr.ac.uk.