RCR oncology workforce census

The RCR annual clinical oncology workforce census provides comprehensive, accurate and timely data on the UK clinical oncology workforce.  The RCR has carried out workforce censuses annually since 2008.  Census and training data are used by the RCR to monitor key workforce trends, forecast future numbers of consultant clinical oncologists, and highlight any gaps between the workforce supply and the demand for cancer treatments.

Findings from the Clinical Oncology UK Workforce Census Report 2018 and 2018 infographic are concerning: whilst the demand for cancer services is increasing, workforce shortages are growing, vacant consultant posts cannot be filled, and consultant clinical oncologists have less time than ever for professional and service development.  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 can also be used by cancer centres to benchmark themselves against national data.  We would like to thank all heads of service for participating in the 2018 census and ensuring robust data, with a 100% completion rate.

The UK workforce census report 2018 is supported 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 2018. The focus of these reports is regional variation and workforce forecasts over the next five years.

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