Much has been written about the financial challenges facing the NHS and potential solutions together with the promises of additional funding. As the 10-year plan is being developed the urgency of the workforce shortages is becoming clearer.

The recent joint report by Nuffield Trust, The Health Foundation and The King's Fund highlights that workforce challenges in the NHS now present a greater threat to the delivery and quality of health services than the funding challenges.

When the collective research power of the above three organisations identify an issue for a joint report, we all need to listen. All the transformation ambition being expressed will not be deliverable without sufficient people working in the NHS.