Responding to the publication of the nursing workforce inquiry published today by the Health Select Committee, Adam Roberts, Head of Economics at the Health Foundation said:

‘This report highlights the importance of improving staff wellbeing and development to allow the NHS to retain the valuable experience and skills of its current nursing workforce.

‘The report echoes the Health Foundation’s calls for more accurate and timely workforce data to allow better planning based on local and national demands, as well as a more effective approach to identifying and addressing the reasons for the high and variable levels of student nurse attrition. 

‘The concerns raised here for nursing are reflected across many areas of the health and care workforce. This report adds to the growing consensus that there is an urgent need for comprehensive and nationally led workforce planning. This should be based on long-term demand rather than being driven by short-term finances. The government and Health Education England must set out how they will achieve this in their health and care workforce strategy.’

Notes to editors

Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge, published in October 2017, found increasing cause for concern in workforce policy and planning.

Read our full consultation response, submitted to the Health Select Committee in November 2017.

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