Northern Ireland: minister’s workforce appeal to ease hospital pressures

22 November 2021

An urgent workforce appeal has been launched by health minister Robin Swann to keep important surgery happening this winter.

Staff are needed in categories including medical, anaesthetics, nursing (theatre, recovery and ward experience essential) and pharmacy for up to six months.

The health minister has also asked the chief nursing officer to lead work on a retention initiative to support and retain the nursing and midwifery workforce.

He said: ‘Nurses and midwives are the single largest group of healthcare staff, comprising a third of our health and social care [HSC] workforce, and they are fundamental to the delivery of a sustainable services. They have given so much during this pandemic and we must do all we can to support them.’

Workforce appeal campaigns have achieved an overall combined recruitment total of 4127 since April 2020, of which over 2700 are HSC appointments.

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