It is crucial that the NHS works to retain skilled and experienced staff in order to deliver high-quality care to patients.

Where staff turnover is high, it can lead to difficulties in providing continuity of care and the ability to meet patient demand by ensuring adequate staffing arrangements are in place. There is no single action that will improve the retention of staff. Instead, retaining staff is the result of the combined actions that are taken by an organisation.

NHS Employers and NHS Improvement are working in partnership to support trusts to improve their retention. Using the combined workforce expertise in both organisations, there is a range of resources and materials available across both websites. Where possible the key retention themes and the content on the websites has been aligned.

Visit the NHS Improvement retention hub.

You can also sign up to our recruitment and retention newsletter, which will bring you the latest developments in workforce supply straight to your inbox.


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Improving staff retention: a guide for employers

Download our comprehensive guide for employers on improving staff retention.

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Improving staff retention: developing your strategy

This section will provide you with a comprehensive set of guidance to inform your retention strategy.

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Effective use of data and diagnostics

This section will help you to explore how you can best use the data available to your organisation to support your retention strategy.


Flexible working

Resources and guidance designed to support employers to improve the flexible working offer in their organisations.


Supporting new starters and newly qualified staff

This section includes resources to help you support and retain new starters in your workforce.

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Career planning and development

This section looks at the benefits career planning and development can bring to retention.


Recruitment and retention newsletter

Sign up to our bi-monthly recruitment and retention newsletter for useful resources, practical tools and the latest development in NHS recruitment and retention.

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