CAMERa workforce development

Our research focuses on successful strategies to recruit, select, retain and develop people with the personal skills and attributes valued by healthcare providers. This work has underpinned the successful implementation of national selection methods for postgraduate medical training posts in anaesthesia and methods to recruit to undergraduate nursing posts in Northern Ireland.

We have utilised the UKMED database to seek answers to questions regarding what individual characteristics are associated with doctors’ choices to apply to certain specialties in postgraduate medical training and how best to identify widening participation students at undergraduate entry so that the healthcare workforce better resembles the population it serves. 

Figures from the Centre for Workforce Intelligence predict increasing shortfalls in the numbers of qualified specialists across many disciplines and we are working with regulators such as the GMC and GDC to understand patterns of migration of registered practitioners in and out of the UK as well as factors affecting these trends.


Aslet M, Paton L, Gale T, Tiffin P. 2019. Evaluating the recruitment process into UK anaesthesia core training: a national data linkage study of doctors’ performance at selection and subsequent postgraduate training. Postgraduate Medical Journal

Lambe P, Gale T, Price T, Roberts M. 2019. Sociodemographic and educational characteristics of doctors applying for psychiatry training in the UK: Secondary analysis of data from the UK Medical Education Database project. BJPsych Bulletin DOI:

Gale TCE, Lambe PJ & Roberts MJ. 2017. Factors associated with junior doctors’ decisions to apply for general practice training programmes in the UK: secondary analysis of data from the UKMED project. BMC Medicine DOI: 10.1186/s12916-017-0982-6

Traynor M, Galanouli D, Roberts MJ, Leonard L, Gale TC. 2016. Identifying applicants suitable to a career in nursing: a value-based approach to undergraduate selection. Journal of Advanced Nursing DOI: 10.1111/jan.13227

Roberts MJ, Gale TCE, McGrath JS & Wilson MR. 2016. Rising to the challenge: Acute stress appraisals and selection centre performance in applicants to postgraduate specialty training in anaesthesia. Advances in Health Sciences Education.

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