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The NHS and social care workforce Adequate funding and a strategic, long-term approach to planning are needed to ensure a sufficient and skilled workforce


The UK has an ageing population with more complex health needs. This means the NHS needs to provide more health care, and therefore employ enough people, in the right roles, working as effectively as possible.

Our research and analysis of the issues around workforce aim to inform policymaking and ensure the debate is evidence-based and focused on the future.

Nurse supply model: overview

  • Working paper
  • December 2021

This working paper provides an overview of the context for nurse supply in England and the various components that make up the nurse supply model.

REAL Centre
Nurse supply model working paper: Overview

Nurse supply model: progress so far

  • Working paper
  • November 2020

The Health Foundation's REAL Centre commissioned DAS to produce a model that can be used to develop supply projections of the nursing workforce with a time horizon of 10 to 20 years. This working pape...

REAL Centre
REAL Centre: Nurse supply model

Investing in The NHS long term plan

  • Briefing
  • 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.

Front cover for Investing in the NHS long term plan briefing

Closing the gap

  • Research report
  • March 2019

Staffing is the make-or-break issue for the NHS in England. This report sets out a series of policy actions that should be at the heart of the workforce implementation plan.


A critical moment

  • Research report
  • February 2019

Our third annual report analysing the staff profile and trends in the NHS workforce in England in 2018.

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