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Actioning the People Plan: NHS Workforce Strategy Congress

2019 marked one of the worse years in the history of the health service with 4.5 million patients now on waiting lists for treatments, more than ever before.

The NHS workforce shortage is forcing staff to work long hours with no breaks, and go lengthy spells without eating, drinking, sitting down or using the toilet. And when they are that hungry, exhausted and overstretched, they understandably make mistakes.

Across the board, NHS staff are undoubtedly loyal to their jobs with most saying they wouldn’t do anything else, but the level of stress is unacceptable, as well as growing staff numbers, the NHS needs to rapidly become a much better place to work.

2020 will be a crucial year for the NHS, the NHS Interim People Plan set out a long term strategy that for the first time in history has been agreed across the whole health services, the plan focuses on 3 key areas, our 4th NHS Workforce Strategy Congress will provide an update on these initiatives and update delegates on the progress made.

Key 2020-2021 areas of improvement:

Recruiting more staff:

Immediately increase the number of undergraduates studying nursing with an offer to universities of more than 5,700 extra hospital and community placements for student nurses this year

Rapidly expand the number of staff in recently created new roles including increasing the number of nursing associates to 7,500, offering a career route from healthcare support work to registered nursing

Launch a new campaign, in conjunction with Mumsnet, to inspire more nurses to return to the NHS

Quickly grow the number of nurses and doctors recruited from overseas via a new approach that will agree national “lead recruiter” agencies with the expertise to support the local NHS with international recruitment.

Making the NHS the best place to work:

Rapidly address current pensions issues which are discouraging experienced doctors and nurses from doing extra work for patients and causing them to think hard about remaining in the NHS

Conduct a major staff engagement exercise this summer, led by new Chief People Officer, to create an explicit offer to staff covering issues they say matter to them for example, access to flexible working, career development and the best possible support from line managers.

Ensure more support and development for frontline NHS managers, from ward to board, including the development of a new leadership compact covering the standards and behaviours leaders can expect of each other and a doubling of the size of the NHS Graduate Trainee scheme.

Driving innovation to provide 21st-century healthcare:

Devolve significant responsibilities for workforce planning to the emerging integrated care systems.

Develop new models of multi-disciplinary working to support the Long Term Plan’s ambition to integrate primary and secondary care.

Launch a national consultation exercise to establish what the NHS, patients and the public require from 21st-century medical graduates.

Expand the NHS Digital Academy, deliver intensive digital skills training for boards and senior leaders, and develop the pipeline of digital experts in the NHS to support the Long Term Plan’s drive to harness digital technology fully.

Join us at Actioning the People Plan: NHS Workforce Strategy Congress as we discuss how these initiatives have been driven over 2020 and the improvements that have been made.

Pre-registration now open, email the team today for sponsorship and delegate booking details.

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