NHS England have released a draft workforce strategy document and launched a consultation on its contents. The document was produced by Health Education England and sets out the workforce plans on cancer, mental health, maternity, primary and community care and urgent and emergency care, looking forward to 2027.
A World Health Organization (WHO) Good Practice Brief has been published outlining the future demand for health and care workers in England to deal with the growing numbers of people living with long-term conditions. The horizon scanning exercise identified a rising demand for caring skills that typically dont require high levels of registration or training, such as those offered by health-care assistants, junior nurses, nursing associates, support workers and housekeepers. The publication is from work done by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence, part of the Department of Health.
The 2016 Health Survey for England has been published. The survey has been published annually since 1994 and is designed to monitor trends in the nation’s health; estimating the proportion of people in England who have specified health conditions, and the prevalence of risk factors and behaviours associated with these conditions.
NHS Providers (membership organisation and trade association for NHS England services) has published a report into the NHS England workforce. The report entitled, ‘There for us: a better future for the NHS workforce‘, warns there are no domestic quick fixes to the severe workforce shortages in the NHS, and that any significant reduction in the number of overseas staff in the next few years is likely to have a serious and damaging impact on services.
A report by the Health Foundation has found that national policy and planning for the NHS workforce in England is not fit for purpose. The report also found high staff turnover and instability across NHS England and drop in the number of trainee nurses.
Buchan, J., Charlesworth, A., Gershlick, B. and Seccombe, I. (2017) Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge. Workforce profile and trends of the NHS in England. London: Health Foundation.
The NHS Confederation (NHS England) have published a briefing on the ‘Maintaining reciprocal healthcare for patients after Brexit‘. The paper is produced by the Brexit Health Alliance, and aims to explain what the implications would be if reciprocal healthcare arrangements were to be discontinued after Brexit.
The House of Commons Library have produced a briefing on the reconfiguration of the NHS in England. The papers looks at the structure of the NHS in England, recent policy developments, information on consultation and scrutiny powers and drivers of major service changes.