We need more immediate action to address health and care workforce challenges

15 November 2018

 

Responding to The health care workforce in England: make or break? published by The King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust, the deputy chief executive at NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

“Workforce challenges are now the number one concern for NHS trusts, as we highlighted in our report There for us: A better future for the NHS workforce.

“This report by the three health think tanks is a stark warning that we will not meet the ambitions of the long-term plan for the NHS unless we act immediately to address the challenges we face in recruiting and retaining the skilled staff that we need within health and care services.

We now need more immediate actions to ensure staff feel valued, stay within the NHS and to ensure we can continue to recruit internationally following Brexit.

   

“Although there has been much discussion centred around long-term solutions and the need to address the lack of national workforce planning through the highly anticipated workforce strategy, we now need more immediate actions to ensure staff feel valued, stay within the NHS and to ensure we can continue to recruit internationally following Brexit.

“Rising demand for services against years of pay restraint has played a part in chipping away at staff morale. We need to continue to work hard to ensure the NHS and social care is seen as a great place to work by supporting new ways of working, routes into training and improving work-life balance.

We need to continue to work hard to ensure the NHS and social care is seen as a great place to work by supporting new ways of working, routes into training and improving work-life balance.

   

“Alongside a credible and realistic workforce strategy, it is vital that we see investment in education and clinical training places which does not sit within the funding settlement for the NHS yet will be crucial to the success of NHS long-term plan.”

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