Roll-out of ‘NHS passports’ a positive step in supporting system working

04 September 2019

Responding to the rolling-out of ‘NHS passports’ to help staff work more flexibly, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:

“This roll-out of passporting arrangements, following successful pilots, is welcome, and a positive step in supporting system working.

“These proposals can help reduce administrative burden on trusts when staff transfer between organisations and allow providers to work together more closely to provide integrated and expert care across a local area.

Staff passporting schemes can reduce competition among local trusts to recruit staff, build relationships between different partners across a system, give staff opportunities to develop and widen their skillset and support workforce retention.

Miriam Deakin    Director of Policy and Strategy

“Trusts which have led the way on these flexible working initiatives tell us that they have reaped the benefits. Staff passporting schemes can reduce competition among local trusts to recruit staff, build relationships between different partners across a system, give staff opportunities to develop and widen their skillset and support workforce retention.

“It is however important that any national framework enables trusts and their system partners to develop local schemes which work for their patient population, their staff and the unique workforce needs of their system. As systems are diverse and are at different stages of collaboration and relationship-building, a one-size-fits-all approach may not work for every trust.

“We hope this scheme will be one of many initiatives in the final people plan to help strengthen the offer of support to NHS staff across the country.”

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