Workforce planning: the key to patient safety

The REC's Neal Suchak analyses the workforce problems in the NHS, and the vital role that agency staff provide in ensuring patient safety

Brexit – where are we now?

Kate Ling, senior European policy manager at the NHS Confederation’s European Office, looks at the NHS European workforce in a post-Brexit world

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A short supply of skilled staff

Kate Shoesmith, head of policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, analyses the recruitment and skills shortage affecting the NHS

Who will fill the NHS vacancies? Nick Bowles of APSCo examines the contributing factors to the current healthcare recruitment problems and highlights that more collaboration is key.

The recruitment and retention of an adequate supply of nurses is currently a hot topic in the healthcare sector. The QNI’s Charlotte Bevan discusses the findings from its report into the challenges affecting the general practice nursing profession.

Weathering the recruitment storm

Collaboration with staffing suppliers is now more critical than ever in ensuring NHS trusts can weather the recruitment storm of the coming months, says the REC’s Vicky O’Brien.

The ageing workforce and the NHS

Recruiting and retaining staff are becoming major issues for the majority of hospitals. To help solve the problem, organisations should be more age aware, says Rachael Armistead of the WLG.

Is outsourcing more essential than ever?

With the dependency on outsourcing growing and the support dwindling, Kerry Hallard of the National Outsourcing Association explores how outsourcing is having, and will continue to have, a positive impact on the NHS.

Vicky O’Brien of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation analyses the role of flexible labour in the NHS, not only in propping up the health service during peak times, but also tackling the retention crisis and delivering 21st century care

While recruitment agencies work hard to ensure continuity of care during a transitional period for the NHS, there are other ways suppliers can add value, writes the REC’s Vicky O’Brien

Achieving a flexible and sustainable NHS workforce will require genuine collaboration with recruitment agencies, believes REC policy advisor Vicky O’Brien, who examines progress in this area

Better supplier engagement is key to get temporary staffing right in a changing NHS, writes Chris Wilford, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s Senior Policy & Public Affairs Manager

Keith Gait, chief operating officer, NHS Direct, discusses how the relationship with contact centre insourcing and outsourcing specialist Conduit, which uses the best practice elements of contact centre management whilst operating in the very different environment NHS Direct. This has allowed NHS Direct to understand the different motivations of people who choose agency work over a substantive role.

A locum workforce is not a substitute for permanent staff but is a crucial component in ensuring that patient care does not suffer as a result of understaffing, urges the REC's Ed McRandal


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