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


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.

The NHS Bill must put in place a system to support better workforce planning

14 April 2021

Joint letter to the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP and Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP from the Health Foundation, Nuffield Trust and The King's Fund.

Why our perceptions of the NHS matter

1 April 2021

Claudia Barclay and Charles Tallack explore why countering misperceptions about the NHS is vital to good decision making.

Nurse supply model: exploring the impact of COVID-19

Working paper
March 2021

This working paper explores the potential impact of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future supply of nurses in England.

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

15 March 2021

What are the long-term challenges for nurse retention and recruitment following the pandemic? Nihar Shembavnekar and Emma Woodham summarise recent research.

The government must translate praise for NHS staff into practical support and investment to help them recover

Press release
11 March 2021

Health Foundation response to the NHS Staff Survey 2020 and NHS England’s monthly performance statistics.

At the start of the pandemic, NHS earnings had fallen in real terms by over £600 per employee over the last decade

Press release
5 March 2021

Health Foundation response to the government's evidence to the NHS review body of a proposed 1% pay rise for NHS staff.

‘Careforce’ neighbourhood mapping – releasing time to care

Research project

This project aims to strengthen and add value to the contribution that analytics bring to improved effectiveness, efficiency and client outcomes. Will shape and present otherwise disparate data source...

Sharing adult social care workforce data across London to support operational and strategic commissioning decision-making

Research project

Project aiming to address workforce challenges by increasing the amount and quality of workforce data available to decision-makers, in particular commissioners of adult social care services.

Workforce strategy urgently needed

Press release
25 February 2021

Our response to Health and Social Care Select Committee published evidence showing that an additional 1 million staff will be needed across health and social care in England by 2033/34 to keep up with...

Nursing shortages require urgent action

Press release
23 February 2021

Health Foundation response to the publication of the Institute for Fiscal Studies report, Cost of Living and the Impact on Nursing Labour in NHS Acute Trusts.

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