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The National Health Service is facing rising demands for services, issues of funding, variations in quality and safety, and labour challenges.1 2 These challenges are felt acutely within genitourinary medicine, which has one of the lowest fill rates nationally,3 one-third of sexual and reproductive consultants are due to retire in the next 5 years and sexual health services face budget cuts of more than 20%.4
A range of solutions have been proposed, including new models of care and modernisation of the workforce.1 2 5 Modernising the workforce will involve securing the supply of staff, creating a flexible workforce, widening participation and broadening career pathways5 and the development of extended and advanced practice roles.1 2 5 It is anticipated these solutions will increase efficiency and efficacy, facilitate professionals to work at the top of their licence, thus reducing variations in practice and improve standards of care.5
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Contributors Initial draft written by MG-B. FY, FD and MC worked on revising subsequent iterations.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.