NHS staff retention crisis makes headlines

July 03, 2017

The extent of the staffing crisis within the NHS has made headlines today, with as many as 51% of nurses and midwives leaving the profession in just 4 years.  For the first time ever, the Royal College of Nursing figures reveal more have left the register than joined in 2016/17.  Long hours, overstretched resources, a shortage of qualified staff and a pay cap all add to the frustration for staff.

This month the Royal College of Nursing’s Chief Executive and General Secretary, Janet Davies, stated there are 40,000 nursing vacancies in England.  The Health Service Journal has reported that 96% of hospitals in the UK have nursing shortages.With bursaries for student nurses recently having been scrapped, The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have today called on the Government to scrap the pay cap as a matter of urgency to stem the loss of talent from the profession.

While the shortage of doctors and nurses is a national issue, it is one Northamptonshire is determined to tackle.  Four healthcare providers are hoping that a groundbreaking recruitment campaign will focus on attracting professionals to their region instead.

Rather than competing for talent, ‘The Best of Both Worlds’ unites the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital, Kettering General Hospital and St Andrew’s Healthcare, a leading charity providing specialist mental healthcare in a joint bid to address their recruitment needs. This joined-up, trail blazing approach is a model the organisations’ leaders hope will be replicated elsewhere in the NHS.

Read the full article in HR News here.