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Ageing workforce, or skills and experience the NHS can’t afford to lose?

Retention is a sustainable staff shortage fix – but older nurses need the right support to stay

Retention is an obvious and sustainable staff shortage fix – but older nurses need the right support to stay

The issue of the ageing UK nursing workforce has loomed in the background for some time now – but it is one that cannot be ignored any longer.

The latest data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show that one in three nurses on the register is aged 51 or older.

The scale of the problem and staffing implications over the next few years

Figures also show that more than 50,000 of the 675,000 nurses on the NMC register are least 61 years old.

Let’s put those figures into perspective: if these

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