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.

New points-based immigration system looks set to make our social care crisis even worse

Press release
18 February 2020

Health Foundation response to new immigration system, announced in February 2020, and what it means for social care.

NHS staff survey highlights difficulty of achieving '50,000 more nurses' pledge

Press release
18 February 2020

Health Foundation response to 2019 NHS Staff Survey. 

Worst January for people waiting longer than four hours in A&E

Press release
13 February 2020

Health Foundation response to January 2020 NHS England performance statistics

Social care can ill afford further limitations on recruitment from abroad

Press release
28 January 2020

Health Foundation response to the Migration Advisory Committee's report on a future immigration system.

Government decision to introduce nursing grant is welcome but will not fully address the nursing crisis

Press release
18 December 2019

Our response to the government announcement to introduce the nursing grant.

Improving labour productivity in primary care: the role of skill mix, technology and patients

Research project

Project that is aiming to define an accurate measure of labour productivity in primary care and to identify its determinants, including workforce skill mix, technology and patient characteristics.

Health priorities for the new government

9 December 2019

Our infographic showing what we think is needed from the new government to ensure a healthier population, supported by high quality health and social care.

Two thirds of people want tax increase to pay for health and social care, according to new poll

Press release
5 December 2019

A survey conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Health Foundation indicates that there is increasing public support for paying more tax to maintain and improve health and social care.

The incoming government must ensure migration policy is not a barrier to recruiting nurses from abroad

Press release
28 November 2019

Health Foundation response to NHS Vacancy Statistics for England.

Support staff and nurses from abroad plugging shortages in NHS workforce

Press release
27 November 2019

New analysis by the Health Foundation shows that the health service is increasingly having to rely on less-skilled clinical support staff to fill gaps in services when there aren’t enough nurses.

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