Rise in registered nurses provides optimism but workforce challenges leave staff under substantial pressure

08 May 2019

Responding to ‘The NMC Register’ data for 18/19, the deputy chief executive at NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

“Following a concerning fall in the number of nurses registered to work in the UK, these latest figures will provide some optimism for those working to address the shortage of nurses in the NHS.

We need to realistic about the challenges we face. There are now around 40,000 nursing posts currently unfilled in the English NHS alone. This will take time to solve.

Saffron Cordery    Deputy Chief Executive

“But we need to realistic about the challenges we face. There are now around 40,000 nursing posts currently unfilled in the English NHS alone. This will take time to solve.

“It is striking that the number of EU nurses and midwifery staff coming to work in the UK following the EU referendum remains so low, while over 1,000 staff members have left the register in 2018/19 to work-related stress. Addressing the working culture within the NHS must be a vital component of the NHS people plan.

We will also need to see a mix of short-term and longer-term solutions including the expansion of international recruitment and greater investment in NHS education and training places.

Saffron Cordery    Deputy Chief Executive

“Trusts are already working hard to make sure all staff feel valued and that the NHS is seen as a great place to work. But we will also need to see a mix of short-term and longer-term solutions including the expansion of international recruitment and greater investment in NHS education and training places. Fundamentally while demand continues to rise frontline staff face substantial pressures which can make their roles particularly challenging.”

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