England: NHS addresses its workforce issues with interim plan

06 September 2019

The NHS must become a better place to work, according to the new Interim NHS people plan, which sets out actions to tackle workforce challenges.

It recommends NHS organisations pay greater attention to why staff leave the NHS, take action to retain existing staff and attract more people, as well as set out plans to make the NHS the best place to work.

Other themes include improving leadership culture and developing a workforce to offer 21st-century care.

The plan also prioritises action on nursing shortages, including commitments to boost nursing placements by 5700, working with the website Mumsnet on a ‘Return to the NHS’ campaign, and better coordination of overseas recruitment.

Chair of NHS Improvement Dido Harding said action had started, with NHS trusts identifying more than 5500 extra clinical placements for undergraduate nurses.