Nihar Shembavnekar joined the Health Foundation in February 2020 as an Economist.

Nihar works primarily on labour market issues in health and social care. His work contributes to supply-side analysis on a range of topics, including low paid staff in the health and care sectors and nurse supply modelling.

Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Nihar worked as a labour market economist at HM Treasury, where he undertook research on minimum wage policy. He also has prior experience in quantitative and qualitative research at Ofgem and ICF Consulting. Nihar holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex, where he also taught a number of undergraduate and postgraduate economics modules, and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Latest articles

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How much does the NHS and social care workforce need to grow by over the next decade to meet demand?

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In the next decade the NHS workforce needs to grow twice as fast and the social care workforce four...

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Analysis

The NHS Long Term Plan and COVID-19

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Our assessment of progress against the main pledges in the NHS Long Term Plan and the impact of...

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How has NHS staff pay changed over the past decade?

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Over the past 10 years, there has been very little change in overall average basic pay for NHS...

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What might COVID-19 mean for England’s nurse supply?

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What are the long-term challenges for nurse retention and recruitment following the pandemic? Nihar...

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How is COVID-19 impacting people working in adult social care?

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We bring together emerging evidence of the pandemic’s impact so far on a workforce that has for too...

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Addressing the nursing shortfall

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Nihar Shembavnekar introduces the REAL Centre's nurse supply model, and explains why we hope it will...

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Building the NHS nursing workforce in England: 8 key charts

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Explore eight key charts from our report exploring the NHS nursing workforce in England.

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Building the NHS nursing workforce in England

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The current shortfall of nurses represents a major long-term and growing problem for the NHS. This...

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Working paper

Nurse supply model: progress so far

Working paper

The Health Foundation's REAL Centre commissioned DAS to produce a model that can be used to develop...

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The adult social care workforce in London

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We explore analysis on the social care workforce and the delivery of care services in London.

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Thinking local and global: exploring the UK’s reliance on international nurses and the impact of COVID-19

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The unprecedented pressures caused by COVID-19 have highlighted the central importance of registered...

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Even before COVID-19, high workforce turnover rates posed a major challenge for social care

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Even before the pandemic, staffing was the biggest single challenge for the sector in England. High...

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Going into COVID-19, the health and social care workforce faced concerning shortages

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The NHS faces a workforce shortfall of over 115,000 full-time equivalent staff in England this year,...

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