Engaging with and recruiting from your local community

Woman at desk on phone

The diversity of your community can provide you with a potential talent pool of candidates, who may also be underrepresented in your current workforce.

You should consider the ways in which your organisation can engage with, advertise to, recruit and employ those from these underrepresented groups, through your employment strategies and recruitment practices.

NHS Employers were commissioned by HEE in 2016 to deliver a suite of tools, resources and guidance to support NHS organisations to engage with and better recruit from their local community, to strengthen their workforce supply. Our dedicated pages will guide you through the key facts to know about each group, the barriers often faced by these individuals when accessing employment, and provide you with ideas and tips on strengthening your approaches. 

These pages will help you begin to create a wider, locally focused recruitment strategy so you can recruit, employ and retain the staff you need. 

Have you used our comparison tool?

We have developed a digital comparison tool to help you compare your workforce data with data from your local community. Using the tool will help you identify the groups in your community that are potentially missing from your workforce. 

Access the tool.



Have you thought about recruiting veterans into your workforce? Find out how you can engage with, and recruit from, this large pool of candidates.

Family in waiting room

Families and parents

Find out more about how you can attract, recruit and retain those with parental or family responsibilities.

Man on phone at desk

Care leavers

Find out more about care leavers as a community group and how recruiting care leavers can help you with your workforce supply challenges.

Couple playing dominoes


Learn more about carers and how they can strengthen your workforce.

Lady prescription

Cultural communities

Learn more about engaging with a diverse range of ethnicities, religions and cultures across your local community.

Man looking at wheelchair


Use our tools and guidance to help you learn more about ex-offenders as a community group and how recruiting from the community can help you with your workforce supply challenges.

Woman serving fruit

Mental Health

Learn more about how you can recruit, support and retain staff with mental health issues.

Busy croud blurred


Learn more about how to engage, recruit and retain those who may be at risk of, or experiencing homelessness, through our tools and guidance. 

Man at desk

Supporting staff with disabilities and learning disabilities

Use our tools, guidance and resources to help strengthen your recruitment and employment offer to people with disabilities and learning disabilities.

Scrub nurses


Find out how you can engage with, and recruit from, LGBT+ groups from your local community in order to increase your workforce supply.

Patient in waiting room

Multigenerational workforce

Learn more about the benefits of a multigenerational workforce and how widening your recruitment to include this group can help you with your workforce supply challenges.

Related News

NMC announces OSCE capacity increase

The NMC has announced an increase in OSCE test capacity and webinars to support the new test of competence.

View article

NHS nurses exempt from government quarantine when travelling from red-list countries

Details on how trusts can provide hospital managed quarantine accommodations to nurses who have travelled through red-list countries have been announced.

View article

Why Register?

Great reasons to register with NHS Employers

  • A personalised website
    Manage your profile and select topics of interest to you
  • Access your dashboard
    Bookmark useful content to help you quickly find what you're looking for
  • Get involved
    Contribute to our Talking Points discussions, comment on and rate our webpages
  • Keep up to date
    Receive the latest newsletters and media summaries

Log In