Health Insights: Skills for a Healthier Future

Published on 07 July 2020
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What skills will be needed in the healthcare industry in 10 years and what actions should be taken now to ensure the supply of a skilled workforce?

This report is based on a roundtable discussion held at the Health Horizons Future Healthcare Forum, which took place on 27th June 2019 in Cambridge, UK. 

The ultimate success of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy is closely tied to the ability to train and recruit the best possible workforce, equipped with a breadth of critical skills. As a highly diverse sector, life sciences are dependent on a skills base that covers the major areas of biomedical science. In order for the skills base to be developed in line with the needs of the sector, the life sciences sector should come together to develop and deliver a reinforced skills action plan across the NHS, commercial and academic sectors, based on a gap analysis which identifies the key skill areas for future focus. This is expected to include clinical pharmacology, clinical trials, manufacturing, data science, clinical science, engineering and biosciences.

Underpinning the advancement of the sector is also a need for more people with regulatory expertise to be active across industry, the health service and academia, not only to do the core work of medicines development, regulation and delivery to patients but to be resourced to develop standards for emerging technologies and methodologies.

This report examines:

  • Effects of the dramatic increase in digital technology, innovation and knowledge accumulation
  • Academic curriculum
  • Generalist Vs. specialist profiles
  • Changing the culture to allow multi-professional working
  • Conclusions

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