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Staff retention programme to provide bespoke help for NHS trusts

Retaining staff remains a major problem for the NHS. Over the past six years the proportion of nurses leaving the health service has risen by one quarter, to top 10% in 2016.

Retaining staff remains a major problem for the NHS. Over the past six years the proportion of nurses leaving the health service has risen by one quarter, to top 10% in 2016.

With the pay cap in place it is perhaps unsurprising that acute, community and mental healthcare providers are struggling to keep hold of employees.

But there is more to retention than pay, according to NHS Improvement’s director of nursing for improvement Mark Radford.

Professor Radford, who is spearheading the regulator’s new retention programme, says there is 'strong evidence' to suggest that other factors play a vital part in staff attrition.

Research by his organisation shows that over recent years 'work-life' balance and flexibility have proved to be influential on staff leaving than

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