Engaging with schools and communities is crucial to ensuring that the NHS establishes a sustainable workforce supply for the future. Establishing relationships with the communities the NHS serves locally has been highlighted as a strategic priority for the NHS in the Five Year Forward View.
You can expect to see the following benefits to your organisation:
A strong workforce supply
By engaging with a range of groups across your local community, you will promote opportunities in your organisation to a wider pool of candidates and establish a strong future talent pipeline.
Promotion of the diversity of roles available
Widen your recruitment to the full range of roles in the NHS, not just the most commonly considered. Connecting young people with the range of job opportunities is a key part of the Careers Strategy, and can help with harder to fill vacancies. The Career Development Institute has a range of resources available.
A representative workforce
Your workforce is likely to become more representative of the community it serves. Use our digital tool to compare the demographics of your local community and your workforce.
Improved patient care
Where the workforce becomes more representative of the patient community, it is likely that patient care improves (West et al Academy of Management Journal 54, no. 6 (2011)).
Inspired innovation and creative thinking
A diverse workforce is likely to improve diversity of thinking and improved innovation within your organisation.
Presented as an employer of choice
Promoting your organisation as a local employer of choice will strengthen its recruitment offer. You can learn about how University Hospitals Birmingham engaged with their local community and the benefits they saw in our podcast.