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Planning for a nursing workforce after Brexit

With just over a year to go before the UK leaves the European Union, nurse leaders need a new approach to recruiting and retaining the nursing workforce

With just over a year to go before the UK leaves the European Union, nurse leaders need a new approach to recruiting and retaining the nursing workforce

To put it simply: without nurses, the NHS doesn’t work. Yet recent statistics from NHS Digital (2018) suggest that in certain areas of Britain healthcare organisations have been hiring just one nurse for every 400 jobs advertised.

With the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) a year away, such findings mean it is vital that healthcare leaders start planning for Brexit and its potential effect on nursing.

The Brexit effect

At the end of last year, figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revealed a 90% drop in the number of overseas nurses coming to work in the UK (NMC 2017). We’ve now reached the point at which the number

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