TUC Reports: Supporting Professional Activities campaign wins delegates’ backing

An alarming squeeze on development and training time by NHS employers was highlighted in a second HCSA motion tabled at the Trades Union Congress.

“This short-sighted approach means that hospital consultants and specialists are less able to carry out the training, development and research needed to enhance their skills and knowledge, develop innovative practice and continue to provide high-quality improvements in care,” it noted.

“It has been widely accepted that around 25 per cent of a hospital consultant’s working week would be dedicated to supporting professional activity.”

HCSA General Secretary Eddie Saville warned that SPA time was increasingly seen as a “soft target” by NHS accountants and teaching and supervision of medical students and trainees was being affected as a result.

Delegates representing workers from almost every section of the economy overwhelmingly voted to support consultants in their campaign.