NHS Employers submission to MAC review of nursing shortages

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18 / 1 / 2016 4.14pm

Thank you to employers who completed our recent survey and shared their nursing workforce data with us about the supply and demand of qualified nurses. We have used the information collected to build a robust submission to MAC, on behalf of employers in the NHS.

The information gathered for The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is for their partial review of the shortage occupation list and to assess whether there is a national shortage of nurses.

Supply and demand

The significant gap between supply and demand for nurses in the NHS in England is causing on-going concern for employers as they try to deliver high quality, timely care within the available finance.

We know that the adult nursing shortages faced in the NHS are shared by colleagues in the independent health sector and social care.

We share a common view with partners that the high level of vacancies in adult nursing cannot be bridged entirely through return to practice programmes, increasing nurse training commissions and active work on retention. Overseas recruitment forms a critical component of being able to meet the demand and deliver high quality patient care.

Read our full response in conjunction with the finding of our NHS registered nursing survey.

Progress of the review into nursing shortages

The MAC has been asked to report to the Home Office by 15 February 2016. We will publish further information on the progress of this review when it becomes available in our weekly workforce bulletin

MAC review of Tier 2

You will also be interested to see the MAC has now published their recommendations following their review of the Tier 2 immigration route with a view to reducing migration to the UK. Read a summary of the recommendations and our initial thoughts about the impact on employers.

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