Briefing highlights 'pressing challenges facing NHS', says NHS Employers in response to report on staff shortages

Danny Mortimer

Responding to the report, titled The health care workforce in England: Make or break?, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:

“This briefing clearly highlights the pressing challenges facing the NHS in relation to its workforce.

“Employers are clear that there is much they need to do in their organisations to improve the experience of their people. National action is also required: we must secure more flexibility with the use of the apprenticeship levy, as well as reinstating funds to support CPD and workforce development.

“We will also continue to campaign, alongside our colleagues in the Cavendish Coalition, for a post-Brexit migration system that supports the recruitment of both highly trained health professionals and much needed, and valued, lower-wage roles in social care.”

Further information

The Cavendish Coalition commissioned the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) to produce a report examining Brexit and the health and social care workforce in the UK, which includes recommendations for how to deal with workforce shortfalls in health and social care.

The Coalition is co-chaired by NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer and brings together 36 organisations across health and social care.
Recommendations from the report include:

1. The UK and devolved governments’ must urgently review their workforce planning approaches across the Health and Social Care (H&SC) sector.

2. Any future immigration system needs to be uncomplicated to operate.

3. The Home Office should guarantee that its settled status programme for EU nationals will be honoured in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

4. All levels of Government should work together to review career routes within social care.
5. Professional regulators should regularly review their processes for registering international professionals.
6. The UK and devolved governments should introduce measures to monitor and address the decline in the number of applications to medical schools.
Read the full report here.

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