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Want to quit your job? Here’s how the NHS is trying to change your mind

Retention programme has 800 success stories so far, but can it make a real difference?
Picture is an image of a magnet drawing small figures towards it. A programme being rolled out across England aims to convince nurses to stay in the NHS.

A national retention programme has 800 success stories so far, but can it make a real difference?

  • Programme is being rolled out to all trusts across England
  • Trusts are helped to develop retention improvement plans, offering support for career progression, changing specialty and work-life balance
  • Critics say the programme only targets one element of nursing shortfall crisis

Ever thought of leaving your job, or even the NHS altogether?

A programme being rolled out across England aims to convince nurses to stay.

About 800 nurses who might have left have instead stayed in the NHS thanks to the retention programme, according to NHS England.

The scheme, which has so been implemented at 145 trusts in four waves, is being extended to all trusts in England.

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