Arch Dis Child 97:517-520 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2011-300120
  • Short reports

Engaging paediatricians in planning the training of our future workforce

  1. D Roland2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Chair of RCPCH Trainees Committee, UK and Founder of Running Horse Group
  1. Correspondence to R E Klaber, Department of Paediatrics, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St Mary's Hospital, London W2 1NY, UK; robert.klaber{at}
  • Accepted 5 July 2011
  • Published Online First 27 September 2011


Fundamental reform to the way we train and develop our future workforce is planned. In order to successfully achieve change the engagement of those delivering care is necessary. In this study the authors used a novel participatory design to seek the opinions of medical students, foundation doctors, specialty trainees and consultants on some key statements regarding proposed improvements to postgraduate medical education. While there was overall agreement on many of the recommendations of the Temple report, some aspects were potentially divisive, with significant differences between the views of consultants and those more junior to them. This work emphasises the importance of engaging all members of the healthcare workforce, both present and future, in the reasons for, and outcomes of, healthcare reform.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.