NHS Providers' submission to the Health and Social Care Committee
- Trusts and other health and care organisations have prioritised support for their staff during challenging times, offering a range of local wellbeing initiatives. However, in a survey conducted by NHS Providers in June, 9 out of 10 trust leaders (93%) were concerned about staff wellbeing, stress and burnout following the pandemic.
- The NHS and social care workforces were under extreme pressure and facing grave workforce shortages prior to COVID-19. The pandemic has exacerbated these pressures with a negative impact on staff wellbeing.
- The question of resilience and burnout is particularly pressing as staff face winter pressures directly following the exhausting experience of the pandemic alongside the potential for further, local peaks of COVID-19.
- It is no longer sustainable for the NHS to rely on the additional, discretionary effort from its dedicated and committed staff to meet rising demand for care across all services. The NHS requires an appropriately funded, well co-ordinated approach to supporting staff to underpin recruitment and retention and to complement local workforce initiatives.
- The NHS People Plan 2020/21 puts much needed momentum behind steps to create more inclusive and compassionate cultures within the NHS. It also makes welcome commitments around equality and diversity and ensuring that staff from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities feel supported. Government must therefore prioritise a multi-year funding package in the forthcoming comprehensive spending review to ensure the measures in the People Plan can be delivered.