Workforce

The health and care workforce are the people who work within the NHS and social care systems to deliver care

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We analyse and report on the profile and trends of the NHS and social care workforce, influencing and informing national policy and planning, encouraging policymakers to focus on the longer term.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

NHS staff shortages put long-term vision for primary and community care at risk

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11 February 2019

New analysis shows NHS staff numbers are failing to keep pace with demand, and that there is ongoing deterioration in workforce numbers in critical areas such as primary and community care, nursing an...

Health Foundation selects 23 innovative projects to improve health and social care through supporting the workforce

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22 January 2019

Twenty three projects have been selected to receive a total of £1.65 million in funding from The Health Foundation’s Innovating for Improvement programme.

Improving children’s social care staff wellbeing through reflexive peer group supervision and critical incident debrief

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This project is aiming to improve staff wellbeing, recruitment and retention through the introduction of safe spaces and a debrief service.

Engaging the workforce in real time: listening, understanding and responding to what matters most to our staff

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This project is aiming to understand and improve the staff experience across the Trust, while also building on the quality of the patient experience.

Professional wellbeing: Effective management of staff fatigue during the night shift

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This project will involve co-designing a fatigue risk management strategy to help teams effectively manage night shift fatigue.

ATOMIC: Addiction TO Medication: Improving Care

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This project is aiming to  improve patient care by increasing clinicians’ knowledge and competence in identifying, assessing and managing the misuse of medication by young people.

West End Wellbeing: a place-based multidisciplinary approach to meeting needs in Newcastle’s West End

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This project is aiming to enable staff and organisations to work together in a multidisciplinary way to better meet the needs of patients in the West End of Newcastle.

Development and evaluation of an immersive, experiential learning model for re-connecting health care staff to deeper value-based work motivations

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This project is aiming to improve patient outcomes by increasing staff engagement, retention and wellbeing at Birmingham Women's and Children's hospitals.

NHS long term plan launch: pragmatic and ambitious, but making it a reality will be tough

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7 January 2019

Health Foundation response to launch of new long term plan for the NHS in England

NHS long term plan announcement: a welcome commitment but trade-offs are inevitable

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6 January 2019

Health Foundation response to Prime Minister’s announcement of NHS long term plan.

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