06 / 04 / 2009
With a multi-year pay deal in place, a new constitution, and the NHS Next Stage Review setting the strategic direction for the future, the NHS approached 2009 ready for the next decade. But few could have predicted how much the global economic landscape would change towards the end of last year, and this brings new challenges for the NHS and its workforce leaders.
As the largest employer in Europe, the NHS needs to continue to lead the way, keeping abreast of the equality and diversity agenda, maximising local employment opportunities, providing healthy workplaces and offering inspiring leadership. This is important even as services face increasing demands and tighter resources.
Throughout 2008/09, NHS Employers has worked alongside you – the employers we represent – to deliver improvements for staff, influence national workforce policy and support the spread of good employment practice. We negotiated and agreed the multi-year pay deal for Agenda for Change staff, and began work developing the role of community pharmacy. We contributed, on behalf of employers, to important consultations on the future of nursing and healthcare science; built on the success of the NHS Careers and NHS Jobs services to deliver further value; and supported you with staff engagement and making the most of the NHS staff survey.