Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) reports

Find reports on health workforces for the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) here. MAC produces UK shortage occupation lists for the points-based immigration system. These reports, created by WRT, NHS Employers (NSHE) and Skills for Health, helped MAC draw up the recommended shortage list in September 2009.

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MAC Shortage Occupation List 2014

On 25 February, 2015, we published the evidence we put forward to the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee on behalf of the Department of Health and Health Education England. This provides consideration and recommendations on which health sector specialties and professions should be included on the shortage occupation list (SOL).

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MAC shortage occupation list update: Healthcare profession submission 2012

The CfWI was commissioned by the Department of Health to produce a report for the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) that influenced and supported its recommendations on securing the supply of the future healthcare workforce in shortage areas in England.

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The UK Shortage Occupation List survey

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MAC shortage occupation list update: Healthcare profession submission 2011

The CfWI was commissioned by the Department of Health to collate a unified healthcare submission for the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) June 2011 update of the shortage occupation list. The MAC uses a three-stage approach to drawing up the shortage occupation lists for the UK:

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About Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) reports

The remit of the MAC is to produce shortage occupation lists for the UK for Tier 2 (skilled employment) of the points-based immigration system (PBS) for migration. These lists comprise occupations where, in the MAC's view, there are shortages which can sensibly be filled by facilitating employers to recruit non-European Economic Area (EEA) migrants.

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Vascular scientists - MAC inclusion report September 2009

WRT analysis has identified a shortage of vascular scientists. In the longer term, the Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) programme will develop structured training routes across physiological measurement disciplines which will ensure the future supply of vascular scientists. However, in the short term it is likely that the UK workforce will need to be supplemented by overseas qualified staff coming to work in the UK. Links with Australia are particularly strong as training is similar to the UK.

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Therapeutic radiographers - MAC inclusion report September 2009

There is evidenced room for workforce growth within therapeutic radiography. Efforts focused on improving recruitment to training courses, reducing in-course attrition and establishing the four-tier career pathway for the therapeutic radiography workforce will improve the supply situation within the workforce in the medium-long term. However, in the short-medium term the use of overseas recruitment is a sensible mechanism for alleviating shortages within the profession.

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Theatre nursing - MAC inclusion report September 2009

Although there is no strong quantitative evidence to support nurses being on the shortage list there is anecdotal evidence of a shortage of nurses working in theatres. There is also anecdotal evidence that newly qualified UK nurses are reluctant to work in these areas. Therefore the use of overseas recruitment is a sensible mechanism for alleviating shortages within this specialist nursing area.

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Sonographers - MAC inclusion report September 2009

There is a current reluctance in the service to recruit new trainees into the sonography workforce, in part, due to the difficulties in arranging high quality clinical placements for the trainees due to ever increasing service pressures. Detailed workforce planning in this area is hampered by the current lack of a coherent professional structure and subsequent poor quality workforce data. The Health Professions Council is considering a case for regulation. However, this will not resolve the shortages in the immediate future. Therefore overseas recruitment is a viable approach to a short-term alleviation of these shortages.

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Sleep physiology - MAC inclusion report September 2009

There is currently no nationally approved training programme. In the longer term, the Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) programme will develop structured training routes for sleep physiologists. However, in the short to medium term, overseas recruitment is a sensible mitigating factor for this workforce. Recruitment from Australasia, parts of the United States, the Netherlands and several other countries where standards are equivalent and experience is similar, is possible.

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