Responding to the workforce report by the King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation, Nick Ville, Director of Policy at the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“The NHS faces a severe staff shortage and workforce is our number one concern. This report is an authoritative, evidence-based review and, while making for sobering reading, it does show that a way forward to creating a sustainable, team-based general practice and nursing workforce is possible.
“In particular, the recommendations to expand teams to best use GPs, nurses and primary care professionals is timely and should focus the minds of local leaders currently developing their Primary Care Networks. However, while necessary, international recruitment on a mass scale reflects a failure of national strategic planning.
“In the longer-term the NHS Confederation would strongly support devolving powers for workforce development to the emerging Integrated Care Systems. Funding is clearly critical to this, however thought should be given to how money is best used to support local system leaders to shape decision-making rather than more of the same.”