Workforce and job planning

Physician workforce

The number of rehabilitation medicine physicians recorded in the 2018–19 census of consultants and higher specialty trainees in the UK is: 



Proportion working less than full time (LTFT)




Higher specialty trainee



*HST LTFT percentages are calculated from JRCPTB data to give overall figures which may differ from those in the census

These figures relate to physicians who work substantively for the NHS. 

Job planning

The job plan below is an example included as guidance and not intended to be prescriptive. Activities will vary according to population served, demographics and location. For further information, see the BMA/NHS Employers guidance from 2011.

Role of the RM consultant: with considerable variation in job plans, a typical consultant’s working week will include (for direct clinical care): ward round (1–2 programmed activities (PAs)), inpatient MDT meeting (1 PA), referral work (1–2 PAs), interdisciplinary liaison (2 PAs), case conferences (1 PA), outpatient work (2 PAs). Additional responsibility will include a ‘non-onerous’ band for specialist on call with a unit of 20 beds running a one-in-two or a one-in-three rota.

Other responsibilities: clinic-related correspondence with dictation of often complex reports (0.5–1 PA), admin time (1 PA), supporting programmed activities (1.5–2.5 PAs), depending on commitment.