Focus on nursing associates and you’ll miss the big picture

Knee-jerk reaction to nurse shortages is not a solution, says Dame Jill Macleod Clark
Staffing stategies

Knee-jerk reaction to nurse shortages is not a solution, says Dame Jill Macleod Clark

The needs and demands for health and social care in the UK are set to escalate for the foreseeable future. Traditional professional role responsibilities and boundaries are no longer sustainable or affordable and a different kind of skill mix will be required.

Sadly, efforts to transform and future-proof the health and care workforce have failed dismally to date.

Successive workforce strategies and plans have been resourced and managed in a way that perpetuates existing professional silos and blocks the ability to transfer investment into areas of greatest future need. Ultimately this results in panic reactions to perceived shortages and knee-jerk decisions about the numbers of people required in


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