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.

Development of the Informatics Skills Framework (ISF)

Improvement project

The Informatics Skills Framework will support the analytical workforce, identify skills gaps and improve capability, enabling analytics staff to provide analytical support, advice and guidance to clin...

Retention of the clinical and ambulance workforce in English NHS hospitals

Research project

Project that will carry out research into what drives hospital workforce retention, and its changes over time and across organisations and clinical specialties, and what the causal effects of improvin...

RoMHS (Retention of Mental Health Staff)

Research project

Research project to investigate variation in, and determinants of, mental health care staff retention, with the aim of better understanding how organisational contexts and the experiences of registere...

Quantifying health workers’ retention in primary care, its variability and association with outcomes

Research project

Research project examining how retention of GPs and nurses has changed over time, and mapping its regional variability, using databases of routinely collected administrative data.

Retention and sustainability of social care workforce (RESSCW)

Research project

Project to investigate the factors influencing low staff retention in UK social care, with the aim of improving understanding of the organisational and individual drivers of care staff retention, and ...

The impact of workforce turnover and temporary staff on productivity and health outcomes in the hospital sector

Research project

Research project that will investigate the relationship between NHS staff turnover and health service efficiency, with the aim of examining the impact of staff leaving or joining on productivity and h...

NuRS: Understanding Nurse Retention and its impact on patient Safety outcomes in secondary care and mental health

Research project

Research project that will explore the underlying drivers of nurse retention in the NHS, using 'big data’ techniques to analyse multiple variables and their effect on nurse retention, and the subseque...

Six research projects chosen to be part of the Health Foundation’s programme on efficiency and sustainability in health and social care

2 July 2019

This programme looks to generate new ways of thinking and new knowledge around labour productivity and workforce retention, supporting ideas that have the potential to make a transformational differen...

Educational partnerships with the third sector: a model to address NHS workforce challenges?

28 June 2019

The Long Term Plan for the NHS in England outlined several initiatives to address the major workforce challenges facing the health service. Dr Helen Crimlisk explains why this provides opportunities f...

Investing in The NHS long term plan

June 2019

A briefing analysing the challenges for health and social care following the publication of the NHS long term plan, including the implications for activity levels and workforce in the NHS in England.

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