Workforce survey of Clinical Biochemistry Services

RCPath and ACB Survey on Chemical Pathology in the UK 2022

This workforce survey, organised by the Royal College of Pathologists and The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine, is being sent to the lead chemical pathologist to complete, with one return requested per laboratory service. Many questions can be answered with a tick box; however, some will require more information and data collection.

The results of this survey will be used to benchmark against the 2018 survey results, enabling the College to compare the data.  This is vital to inform discussions between the College, health agencies and government. These discussions will impact on capacity building and workforce planning.

Please note that you can save the survey part way through if you leave the page you are completing without pressing ‘Done’. This allows you to complete the survey in sections rather than all at one time or pause to gather the information required.  However, you will need to be always on the same device to complete the survey in sections.

Also note that a field can be left blank if you have no data or the question does not apply, rather than having to click on 'No'.

Please complete this survey by Friday 4 November 2022

Please submit your response by the closing date, even if you have not managed to collect a full data set. Receiving as many responses as possible will allow the College to gain a better understanding of the current situation in the UK. We are asking for some individual and departmental information to ensure that we do not double count or unintentionally misunderstand the data we receive. This information will be kept confidential.

We hope you will find time to complete the survey, and we thank you in anticipation for doing so. The data will be analysed anonymously, and data will be shared in an anonymised format.

Please note that personal data will not be included in any reports.  We draw your attention to the RCPath Privacy Policy, to which we adhere.

If you have any questions, please contact Reshma via email: [email protected] or telephone on 020 7451 6725

Thank you for your help with this important survey. The questions in the survey are detailed below. You can access the survey by clicking on the button below.

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Key:        * indicates mandatory question

A) Contact details
       
Contact details of person completing the survey. 

* 1.       Name                          ____________________________________

* 2.       Position                       ____________________________________

* 3.       Email address             ____________________________________

* 4.       Country (please indicate) England / Wales / Scotland / Northern Ireland

* 5.       What region or nation are you working in within the UK? (please indicate)

East Midlands
East of England
Kent, Surrey, and Sussex
London
North East
North West
South West
Thames Valley
Wessex
West Midlands
Yorkshire and the Humber
Wales
Scotland
Northern Ireland

* 6.       Organisation    Please type the name of your employer.   

B) Consultant Chemical Pathologists

NHS (existing posts including vacancies)

How many individual NHS Chemical Pathologists in your network (head count)
How many PAs of time in total for these chemical pathologists?
How many PAs (total) are allocated to patient facing duties outside of the lab (ward rounds, clinics, clinic admin).
How many PAs in total are allocated to Lab duties (duty biochemist, benchwork, reporting, lab management, lab teaching).
How many PAs in total are allocated to external duties?
How many SPAs in total are allocated?
How many chemical pathology specialty doctors (SAS) do you have (headcount and WTEs)

Academic (existing posts including vacances)

How many Academic Chemical Pathologists in your network (head count)
How many PAs of time in total for these chemical pathologists in Academia (including both academic and NHS duties).
How many PAs in total are allocated to NHS duties?
How many of these NHS PAs are funded long term/substantive – ie will be replaced when current post holders leave or retire.
How many of these PAs are allocated to patient facing duties outside of the lab (ward rounds, clinics, clinic admin)
How many PAs in total are allocated to Lab duties (duty biochemist, benchwork, reporting, lab management, lab teaching).
How many PAs in total are allocated to external duties?
How many SPAs in total are allocated?

Vacancies

How many Chemical Pathology Posts are vacant (headcount).
How many PAs in total does this involve?
How are these vacancy PAs of activity currently covered:
Not covered (PAs)      Existing staff (PAs)     Locum staff (PAs)

Retirements

How many Chemical Pathologists are estimated to retire in the next 3, 5 and 10 years:
                                    3yrs                             5yrs                             10yrs

Headcount

Total PAs

Trainees

How many Chemical Pathology Trainees do you have currently in post and at what stage:

Year 1 =          WTE

Year 2 =          WTE

Year 3 =          WTE

Year 4 =          WTE

Year 5 =          WTE

Year 6 =          WTE

C) Clinical Scientists

Substantive Posts – please indicate the number of clinical scientists in the table below – include anyone in training but only if in a permanent substantive post.

What new roles are being undertaken by clinical scientists such as involvement in clinics?

Training posts – please indicate:

Number of STP = headcount and WTE

Number of HSST = headcount and WTE

Number of Higher specialist trainees not in formal HSST program but in a permanent substantive post = Headcount and WTE

D) Workload

Current (estimates)

Biochemistry Samples per year =

Biochemistry Tests per Year =

Network catchment population =

Total number of clinics (counted per consultant PAs) =

Pressures on services

1. What trends (covid impact aside) in total request numbers have been evident in recent years (per year on average):

-15%    -10%    -5%      Level   +5%     +10%   +15%

2. What pressure on clinics have there been in recent years (number of referred patients estimate change per year)

-15%    -10%    -5%      Level   +5%     +10%   +15%

3. What future pressure on total lab request numbers are likely in the next few years (per year on average):

-15%    -10%    -5%      Level   +5%     +10%   +15%

4. What future pressure on clinics are likely in the next few years (number of referred patients estimate change per year)

-15%    -10%    -5%      Level   +5%     +10%   +15%

E) Free text

This is your opportunity to provide comments and/or additional information on any of the preceding questions. Please note that we are unable to reply to every comment, however your views are very important to us, and we will endeavour to cover all the relevant issues in our report. If you have a comment or concern you wish to raise with the College or ACB, please email: [email protected]. Please provide comments here


Please press 'Done' to save your answers. Thank you for completing this survey.  Your help is invaluable. Just to reiterate that the information that you have provided in this survey will be kept confidential and not shared with third parties.  If you have any questions, please contact Reshma via email: [email protected] or telephone on 020 7451 6725

Dr Stephen Morley              Assistant Registrar RCPath 

Dr Bernie Croal                    President, ACB

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