Any solution to health and care workforce challenges will continue to rely on overseas recruitment
04 December 2019
- New Nuffield Trust analysis reveals that one in four hospital staff is born outside of the UK, compared to 14% of the general population.
- The analysis of data also reveals that 50% of the increase in the health and social care workforce over the last decade was from workers born abroad.
- The figures were obtained from the Office for National Statistics.
Responding to Stopping the staff we need? An election briefing from the Nuffield Trust, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:
“This analysis makes it clear how much we depend on and value people born outside of the UK or who are recruited internationally to adequately staff health and care services and deliver high-quality care to patients.
“We should absolutely praise the dedication and commitment of these staff who are working under intense levels of pressure day in and day out.
This analysis makes it clear how much we depend on and value people born outside of the UK or who are recruited internationally to adequately staff health and care services and deliver high-quality care to patients.Director of Policy and Strategy
“There are over 105,000 vacancies across the trust sector alone. Both in the NHS and the social care sector, any solution to reducing these vacancies will continue to rely on overseas recruitment. It will be several years before domestic supply increases enough to help close the gap.
“That is why any future immigration system post-Brexit must protect the ability of health and care services to recruit from overseas.”