The NHS Confederation has launched its latest NHS Reset campaign report, COVID-19 and the health and care workforce: supporting our greatest asset.
The report draws on employers’ feedback to identify best practice and sets out what government and the ALBs can do to help organisations sustain the wellbeing support employers have in place for NHS staff. It adds that the greatest risk to supporting staff and delivering the NHS People Plan is workforce shortages, at a time when the most recent vacancy statistics for the NHS in England showed more than 83,000 vacancies at the end of the three months ending 30 June this year, with more than 120,000 vacancies in social care.
The report also highlights the profound leadership challenge of inequalities and the discrimination faced in every NHS workplace by BME staff.
Also highlighted is the importance employers attach to considering workforce issues across health and social care, not just the NHS.
It identifies four practical steps for government and ALBs:
- Continue investment in staff mental health and wellbeing services to supplement local initiatives.
- Fund more student placements especially in mental health, learning disability and smaller professions.
- Run a national recruitment campaign for health and social care.
- Ensure that any pay award for NHS staff is properly funded with additional monies.
Read the the report on the NHS Confederation website.
To find out more about the NHS Reset campaign, please take a look at this web page.