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The Working Longer Group (WLG) has worked collaboratively to develop resources for employers and employees. 

The resources will help organisations prepare for the challenges that an ageing workforce will bring. They are easy to access, download and share with colleagues. 

Please note: The NHS Staff Council has agreed the NHS Working Longer Group has fulfilled its purpose and has therefore formally ended the role of the group. The resources produced by the group will remain available for organisations to use. The NHS Staff Council and its sub groups will take forward any future work.



The ageing workforce: resources for managers, staff and their representatives
  • Resource for managers: this resource will enable managers to find information on the challenges and opportunities an ageing workforce might present. It includes key points to consider, actions to take forward and links to useful information and resources.
  • Resource for staff and their representatives: this resource has been developed to provide information about the changes to the pension scheme retirement age; and on the anxieties, challenges and opportunities that working to a raised retirement age might present.
Infographics from the Working Longer Group
  • Our engaging and informative employer infographic highlights key facts about the ageing NHS workforce and what you can do as an employer to support your staff.
  • Our staff infographic highlights the important facts about the ageing workforce in the NHS, things staff should consider during their career regarding retirement and some of the common misconceptions. 
Round up of working longer resources for employers
We've rounded up all our resources into a one page handy guide. The resources are designed to help you raise awarenss of the opportunities and challenges an ageing workforce may present for your organisation.
Improving your understanding of the NHS Pension Scheme: Information for HR teams


Over 70 per cent of NHS staff will not be able to access their full pension benefits until they are in their mid to late 60s. Our information pack is designed to help HR teams fully understand the NHS Pension Scheme and its provisions from a strategic workforce planning perspective. This will enable HR teams to support staff to work to their later retirement age.
Raising awareness of an ageing workforce - case study

Read our case study to find out how Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is using the resources in our age awareness toolkit to age profile its workforce, assess organisational readiness and raise awareness within the senior team. It also shares top tips on how you can raise awareness of an ageing workforce within your trust.

Engagement event finds out what staff need to be supported to work longer - case study
Read our case study to find out how Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board planned an engagement event to find out what staff need in order to be supported to work longer.
Age awareness toolkit
Our toolkit is designed to help employers work in partnership with trade union colleagues to create organisational awareness of the opportunities and challenges associated with an ageing workforce.
Implementing health and safety recommendations - guidance on job design and occupational health
The NHS Staff Council's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) has produced resources to support employers to implement the health and safety recommendations made by the NHS Working Longer Group's preliminary findings and recommendations report. The guidance focuses on the topics of job design and the working environment, and occupational health, safety and wellbeing.
An ageing workforce and your organisation - video
In our video members of the WLG discuss the ageing NHS workforce, its implications for staff, individuals, organisations and patients. The video includes key ageing workforce statistics and what some NHS organisations are already doing to prepare.
The ageing workforce - what is the existing practice in NHS organisations?
Our blog looks at the key themes that emerged from the group's research into how the NHS is being affected by an ageing workforce and what organisations are doing or are looking to do to support staff to work to a raised retirement age.
Our workforce is ageing - blog


Dawn Preece, deputy head of human resources at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust talks about the challenges and opportunities an ageing workforce in her series of blogs
  • In Dawns first blog, read about how the trust started their task and finish group and how they identified priority areas of work.
  • In her second blog, Dawn talks about the trusts progress on two actions including the directorate data template and guidance for managers and staff on flexible retirement options.


Flexible retirement quick guides and poster     

Our factsheets for employers and employees introduce the retirement flexibilities available to members of the NHS Pension Scheme and how you can apply them to support your staff to work longer.

Our flexible retirement options checklist poster clearly shows which retirement flexibility option is available to individuals in each of the NHS Pension Scheme sections or schemes.

You can find out how City Hospitals Sunderland and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust used retirement flexibilities to benefit their staff and their organisation. 
Implications of a raised retirement age
What are the implications for your staff and your organisation of a raised retirement age? Our factsheets for employers and employees help you and your staff find out more.

Share your learning
Is your organisation doing something innovative to tackle the challenges and opportunities associated with an ageing workforce? We want to hear from you.

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