Trusts and local partners taking bold approaches to overcome workforce challenges and meet local population need

10 December 2019

The move to integrated care and partnership working between health and care organisations can help the sector to overcome severe workforce challenges, according to a new briefing from NHS Providers.

With demand rising rapidly and over 100,000 vacancies in the NHS, and more in primary care, there is a pressing need for local systems to think differently about how they attract people and keep people wanting to work in the health and care sector.

A place to work: System approaches to workforce challenges in the NHS, produced in partnership with health and social care lawyers Hempsonsshares examples of how NHS trusts and foundation trusts have worked together and with partners across the wider system to develop joined-up workforce solutions, support the workforce with system transformation, tackle challenges in recruitment and retention, and address skills gaps.

The briefing highlights how trusts are working together and with their system partners to:

 
Trust leaders agreed that strong, local working relationships and shared goals are essential to successful, collaborative workforce planning.

 

Trust leaders agreed that strong, local working relationships and shared goals are essential to successful, collaborative workforce planning.

   

 

The director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin, said:

"These case studies reflect the innovative and bold approaches being taken by trusts and their system partners to overcome a range of workforce challenges and plan for the needs of their local populations.

"We know that attracting and retaining sufficient staff to effectively run services is the number one concern for trust leaders, and these concerns are shared across the health and care sector. Trusts are working with their system partners in innovative ways to tackle shared challenges and work towards shared goals.

 

We know that attracting and retaining sufficient staff to effectively run services is the number one concern for trust leaders, and these concerns are shared across the health and care sector. Trusts are working with their system partners in innovative ways to tackle shared challenges and work towards shared goals.

Miriam Deakin    Director of Policy and Strategy


"Not only do these approaches offer new opportunities to attract and train the multi-skilled workforce we need, they also provide incentives for staff to continue to work for their local system or place.


"It is clear that when collaborative working is supported by strong relationships it provides opportunities to work collectively to tackle workforce challenges. But each system is at a different place in its journey. We must continue to support all systems in their development to overcome the challenges they face and meet the needs of their populations."

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