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Moving up while staying put: a clear career pathway retains great staff while attracting new recruits

One hospital trust’s imaginative approach to nurse recruitment and retention taps the potential of long-serving as well as new nursing staff 
illustration shows nurses climbing up the side of a mountain to reach the summit

One hospital trust’s approach to nurse recruitment and retention taps the potential of long-serving as well as new nursing staff

  • Workforce pressures can be eased by promoting from within and realising the worth of long-serving staff
  • When healthcare employers face recruitment barriers outside their control they need to work extra hard to attract staff
  • Tips for how to recruit and retain the best nursing staff

Tackling nurse recruitment and retention issues is a priority for many employers, but one group of acute hospitals is doing more than looking at the immediate challenges – it is developing a career pathway or 'future workforce programme' to help it keep staff in the long term.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHR) runs two hospitals located where the outskirts of east London meet Essex.

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