Access and download our new resources about flexible working for the nursing workforce.
Following the publication of the NHS People Plan for 2020/21, which has a strong focus on the importance of flexible working, we have developed these resources to help support the plan’s ambition to make flexible working the norm.
Our guide to embedding flexible working is aimed at supporting organisations to increase the uptake of flexible working among nurses so that the NHS can remain an employer of choice in a competitive job market and also retain staff going forward. It explores the business case for improving opportunities for nurses to work flexibly, the basic principles and what it can look like in practice, as well practical tips and examples of how trusts have used flexible working to support successful retention of the nursing workforce.
These resources are aimed at colleagues that have a responsibility or interest in implementing flexible working, including HR professionals, line managers and nurse leaders. Based on extensive employer engagement, we have identified a number of key enablers to successfully embedding a culture of flexible working, which can be found in more detail in:
NHS Employers has worked with many NHS organisations in recent years to support them to develop and implement plans to improve workforce retention. This year's programme work has been commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care to support NHS organisations to improve their offer of flexibility for the nursing workforce.
These resources form part of a suite of resources developed by NHS Employers to assist you in planning and developing your approach to flexible working, all of which can be accessed via our flexible working web section.