National research into ageing NHS workforce begins

NHS Working longer review

05 / 5 / 2015 Midnight

National research into the ageing NHS workforce has begun.

The research, by the University of Leicester as part of the Extending Working Lives in the NHS project, will look at:

  • whether there is a link between people working longer and the level of their performance at work
  • what changes to employment policy and practice may be required where people are working longer
  • what factors affect the retirement decisions of NHS staff.

The research is also looking further into areas identified in the NHS Working Longer Group’s preliminary findings and recommendations report around health and wellbeing, training and education and access to pension information.

Research interviews have now begun in six trusts across England with a cross section of around 60 NHS staff in each organisation, all aged 55+, being interviewed. This process will be repeated again in 2016 to establish any changes in thinking and retirement plans. The findings of the research will be published in 2017.

David Levy, director of HR and OD at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, who is also a member of the Working Longer Group, is involved in this research project. He has said that the findings of the research “will be invaluable to me and my team to inform how we can make better use of our workforce metrics and analysis to plan more effectively for the longer term.” To find out more about David’s work and involvement in the research and the Working Longer Group, you can email

You can find out more about the research on the University of Leicester website under Extending Working Lives in the NHS: Opportunities, challenges and prospects. 

Further information about the work, products and plans for the NHS Working Longer Group is available on our web pages.

We would like to feature case studies on what NHS organisations are doing to enable staff to work to a later, raised retirement age. If you have examples of how you are helping staff to work longer we would like to hear from you.

You can email the WLG team on, call us on 0113 306 3015 or follow us on twitter @NHS_WLG.

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