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COVID-19 and mental health: retaining and recruiting nurses now and beyond the pandemic

New plan for England highlights the ‘unique selling points’ of mental health nursing

New plan for England highlights the ‘unique selling points’ of mental health nursing

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant effect on people’s mental health, increasing the demand for services now and in the future.

‘In these unprecedented times, any opportunities to recruit, retain, develop and value our staff are extremely important,’ says NHS England and NHS Improvement head of mental health nursing Emma Wadey.

‘Mental health is being highlighted at the moment and the stigma around it is reducing. As a result, people are recognising how valuable mental health nursing is as a career.’

A framework for recruitment and retention

The highly rewarding nature of the

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