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More investment needed from NHS in UK domestic talent, says NHS Employers

NHS Employers sets out elements of a sustainable workforce supply strategy for the health service.
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NHS organisations in the UK need to invest more in the skills of the domestic population, according to NHS Employers.

Returning nurses to practice could form an important component of a workforce supply strategy, according to the NHS Employers briefing document: Workforce Supply Attracting and Retaining Local Talent.

The document, which sets out the elements of a sustainable workforce supply strategy, highlights the potential impact of Brexit on the health and social care sector and points out that 21,000 European Union (EU) nurses are employed in the NHS in England.

An additional 11,500 EU nurses are now working in the NHS in England compared to three years ago.

Attract talent

The document says the health and care sector still needs

NHS organisations in the UK need to invest more in the skills of the domestic population, according to NHS Employers.


The NHS Employers’ briefing document states that nurses returning
to practice are crucial to the workforce supply strategy. Picture: iStock

Returning nurses to practice could form an important component of a workforce supply strategy, according to the NHS Employers briefing document: Workforce Supply – Attracting and Retaining Local Talent.

The document, which sets out the elements of a sustainable workforce supply strategy, highlights the potential impact of Brexit on the health and social care sector and points out that 21,000 European Union (EU) nurses are employed in the NHS in England.

An additional 11,500 EU nurses are now working in the NHS in England compared to three years ago.

Attract talent

The document says the health and care sector still needs to be able to continue to attract talent from outside the UK, but maintains it is also essential to consider what can be done differently to ‘enhance and extend local attraction and retention activity’.

NHS Employers state that organisations could send health ambassadors to engage with local schools and colleges and talk about their career in health.

NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer said: ‘There are many employers in the NHS who are attracting a broader range of people to the immensely rewarding work we do with our patients.

‘This paper reflects and builds on that work to help the NHS respond to the workforce supply challenges of the coming years.’

Read the report here


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