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Placed at a premium? The use of recruitment and retention pay supplements to address staffing shortfalls

Report 01/06/2022Lucina Rolewicz | Billy Palmer

Regional variation in NHS staffing levels can lead to inequalities in health outcomes, care quality and people’s ability to access services. Our new analysis explores supplementary payments (also known as recruitment and retention premia), which have been used by NHS organisations across England o...

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The long goodbye? Exploring rates of staff leaving the NHS and social care

Explainer 09/02/2022

In this explainer, Billy Palmer and Lucina Rolewicz take stock of what is known and not known about the numbers of staff leaving NHS and social care roles, and the reasons given for moving on.

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Taking stock: is the government meeting its commitments to increase NHS staff numbers?

Blog post 29/10/2021Lucina Rolewicz

The government’s 2019 manifesto included ambitious targets to increase the numbers of nurses and GPs in the NHS. Lucina Rolewicz takes a look at performance against these targets since the 2019 election and outlines some of the broader challenges in staffing health services.

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Tapping into the potential: putting mental health clinical support staff in the spotlight

Blog post 20/08/2021Lucina Rolewicz

Despite it being estimated that up to 10 million people in England will need new or additional mental health support because of the pandemic, relatively little is known about mental health clinical support staff. Alongside our new report, Lucina Rolewicz takes a closer look at who they are, what lif...

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Chart of the week: The contribution of overseas nationals to the supply of NHS staff

Data story 24/06/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. Following recent discussions on the NHS’s reliance on workers from overseas, Billy Palmer and Lucina Rolewicz look at the numbers of non-UK nationals within the health service.

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Chart of the week: Diversity in recruitment to the NHS

Data story 12/05/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. With it recognised that the NHS workforce could be more inclusive and diverse, Billy Palmer looks at two years’ worth of job applications in the health service and assesses the variation in the...

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More, more, more: Do election pledges on the NHS workforce stack up?

Blog post 05/12/2019Fiona Johnson

Ahead of next week's general election, all the main party manifestos have vowed to increase staffing numbers in the NHS. But how realistic are those promises? Fiona Johnson takes a closer look.

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One in four hospital staff born outside the UK, new Nuffield Trust analysis reveals

Press release 04/12/2019

New figures reveal the true effect immigration has had on the expansion of the health and care workforce over the last 20 years.

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Nigel Edwards responds to Labour's 'NHS Rescue Plan'

Press release 12/11/2019

New money announced by Labour would mean the NHS could breathe a sigh of relief, but tough decisions will still have to be made.

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Urgent GP action is long overdue, but we should remember history of missing targets

Press release 09/11/2019

Helen Buckingham responds to the Conservatives’ announcement of investment in general practice.

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