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How can we better support our clinical workforce?

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Working in the NHS is demanding but rewarding. There are many careers and opportunities in the NHS, in the community and in hospital and ward settings – dieticians, radiographers, pharmacists, paramedics, healthcare scientists, midwives, nurses… far too many to name here, but every role is essential.

Each role requires skill, expertise and compassion, and we want to attract the very best people to work in the NHS.

But over the past decade, clinical workforce growth has not kept up with the increasing demands on our health service. As in many other countries, an ageing population, advances in care and treatment, and complexity mean that our staff are feeling the strain.

The challenge is substantial, but we are committed to ensuring we have enough staff with the right skills and experience. The Long Term Plan includes important commitments to recruit, train, and retain more staff. However, given the scale of the challenge, we know we could do more.

We want to hear from you about how we can improve supply, recruitment and retention in all settings, from general practice to acute, mental health and community care.

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In order to make the NHS more efficient, I believe there should be a nationwide inventory and sharing scheme for second hand equipment. Currently, when NHS Trusts replace hardware, especially computing hardware, they typically pass the technology on to be recycled, which simply means it gets broken up for parts and turned into scrap. This is, of course, both inefficient, costly and environmentally unsound. The equipment isn't resold as there are concerns it might contain patient...

Joshua Flynn
by Joshua Flynn
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Joshua Flynn

We have  an incredible  passionate and enthusiastic workforce in pathology, but do not have the means or funds to develop existing staff, which leads to staff leaving not only a particular laboratory but from the profession. To retain and recruit staff we need to be able to develop staff scientifically and managerially which requires resources, We have the staff, we have the passion and commitment but no funding to develop and educate our existing staff 

chris Chase
by chris Chase
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chris Chase

Continuity of Carer is a key implementation challenge for our current Maternity Transformation Programme and NHS LTP - with a target of the ‘majority’ of women receiving this carer by 2021. As yet only about 1/3 of midwives are both willing and able to provide CoC models of care.  My networking and consultation suggests that concerns about understaffing / overwork are preventing midwives volunteering for CoC and a guarantee for conditions would increase uptake; incentivise some PT midwives...

Rachel Wild
by Rachel Wild
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Rachel Wild

The NHS needs to do more to broaden routes into work including from ground we dont often recruit - career changers, SEND young people and other disadvantaged groups. T Levels will be important. They need to be in the LTP. 

Richard Griffin
by Richard Griffin
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Richard Griffin

I would suggest we have a fast track diagnostics centres built in the new blue ED units or smaller hospital sites.  These units will be shared with hospitals and GP practices and will enable diagnostics of all kinds to be done and reported in a much timelier way than currently by a pooled resource.  Lets face it we need to work different and not just talk about working differently whilst continuing to do the same things and getting the same delays and same problems when things get missed.....

Debra Wilis
by Debra Wilis
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Debra Wilis

About the Resuscitation Council (UK): Established in 1983, the Resuscitation Council (UK) (RC (UK)) is a UK-wide charity whose purpose is to save lives through effective, appropriate resuscitation.   Saving lives underpins and runs through all our activities.   We achieve this by:  Developing high-quality, scientific guidelines, standards and educational materials for resuscitation Influencing resuscitation policy and practice by improving and maintaining standards...

Resuscitation Council (UK)
by Resuscitation Council (UK)
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Resuscitation Council (UK)

How about making rotas take account of good sleep practices. How about ensuring all potential second victims get support and it is automatic for all involved in negative patient outcomes.Kaiser Permanate do it. Institute safe spaces for staff to rest and talk to each other. What about a charter for supporting staff involved in complaints to actively counteract the blame culture in some places .  Live up to becoming a learning organisation.   Truely embrace compassionate...

SAMR
by SAMR
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Social Work is a key role in mental health, learning disabilities, hospital discharge, complex care, older peoples services  and childrens. lets start thinking about social work as an answer to recruitment and workforce issues across the service and lets start looking after social work as a regulated profession in the NHS.

Mark Trewin
by Mark Trewin
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Mark Trewin

'back pain' causes ++ sickness absence - please will NHS trusts consider subsidising physio courses / pilates / fitness sessions on a regular basis for staff ( e.g. 30 mins 1 or 2 x week )

Stuart Allan
by Stuart Allan
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Stuart Allan

Working in nursing and midwifery can be both rewarding and demanding in equal measure. The staff survey results highlight more staff, across professional groups, are reporting that their health and wellbeing has been impacted by work-related stress. What can we do to better support our nursing and midwifery workforce?

Andrew NHS Improvement
by Andrew NHS Improvement
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Andrew NHS Improvement
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