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 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.

Latest data shows health system struggling against strong tides

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13 December 2018

Health Foundation response to NHS England performance statistics.

Staffing shortfall of almost 250,000 by 2030 is major risk to NHS long term plan

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15 November 2018

Critical and lasting shortages in the health care workforce mean that the forthcoming NHS Long Term Plan risks becoming an unachievable ‘wish list’ of initiatives to improve the health service.

The NHS long term plan: Suggestions for framing the way ahead

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17 October 2018

Chief Executive Jennifer Dixon offers up her suggestions for the NHS long term plan. 

Health Foundation response to CQC State of Care report 2018

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11 October 2018

The CQC State of Care report shows how much pressure there is on health and social care services and how hard staff are working to maintain quality and access.

Making the most of the money: Efficiency and long term plan

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9 October 2018

The views of trust leaders underline what we already know: that business as usual and short-term thinking will not deliver significant savings, reduce waste, or improve the quality of care.

One in four student nurses drop out of their degrees before graduation

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3 September 2018

A quarter of all student nurses are dropping out of their degrees before graduation, according to a new investigation, adding to concerns around falling NHS staff numbers.

We need a coherent approach to our NHS workforce woes

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30 July 2018

In its 70th year, the NHS faces a particularly virulent form of a recurring problem: workforce shortages. The risk is that current critical shortages become endemic in the system.

Large drop in the number of new nurses coming from the EU to work in the UK

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27 July 2018

July 2018 chart of the month. The number of EU nurse registrants has dropped by 87% from 6,400 in 2016/17 to 800 in 2017/18.

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