05 / 2 / 2016 5.35pm
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report on 5 February 2016 which looks at how the shortcomings of the supply of NHS clinical staff in England is managed, in terms of both planning the future workforce and meeting the current demand for staff.
The NAO found that a more coordinated and proactive approach could result in efficiencies for the NHS as a whole. The report outlines a set of key findings that includes developing a long-term national workforce plan, as well as looking at how to address some of the current short-term shortfalls in staffing.
The recommendations set out in the report include:
- Health Education England (HEE) being more proactive at addressing variations in regional pressures related to workforce availability
- improving workforce data for better forecasting and monitoring
- that national bodies developing key policies and guidance work together to understand the staffing implications and financial impact
- HEE review funding arrangements for training clinical staff
- improved national leadership approach to support organisations address the shortfalls in staffing.
A summary and full copies of the report Managing the supply of NHS clinical staff in England
are available on the NAO website page