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.


Staff retention document

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 to data available to your organisation to support your retention strategy.


Supporting new starters and newly qualified staff

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


Focus On: Flexible Working

The first of our Focus On sections rounds up the flexible working resources available to your organisation.

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Career planning and development

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


Why retention matters

In this section you'll find information about the importance of retention in the modern NHS.

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Improving staff retention: a guide for employers

Read our comprehensive guide for employers on improving staff retention.

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Retention case studies and resources

Find a range of resources and information that you can access quickly and easily to help improve staff retention.

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Staff retention: a good practice checklist

Read our good practice checklist to help ensure your organisation is doing everything it can to improve retention.

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Points of interest

We have picked out a range of resources and information from outside of the NHS that can help further your knowledge about retention.


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