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RCS has today released the results of its latest workforce census

28 November 2012

In collaboration with the surgical specialty associations the Royal College of Surgeons has published the results of its second comprehensive census of the surgical workforce in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The survey provides data on the numbers of practising surgeons, their specialist areas of practice and working patterns.

As part of our commitment to maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care, the College through this census aims to support planning for the next generation of surgeons.

The census achieved a 70% response rate an increase of more than 10% from the first year’s census. The 2011 results have shown a number of trends, including;

  • A rising trend of consultant surgeons working more than their contracted hours to meet service demand
  • A small increase in the number of female consultants to 8.5% of the workforce
  • A large majority of consultant surgeons who are not free from elective duties (planned clinics and theatre lists) during their on-call (emergency) commitments
  • A significant percentage of consultant surgeons intending to work part–time at some point in their career.

You can find the full report, data analysis and key findings in our 2011 Surgical Workforce Report.