The health and care workforce are, and will remain, at the heart of how we deliver care and services to patients and their families. Over the course of the COVID-19 crisis, the spotlight has shone on their hard work and dedication, highlighting the extent to which they are valued by the public. But it has also pointed to a number of underlying issues that must be urgently addressed.
Since May, we have been working closely with health and care organisations to support their response to the pandemic, share best practice and identify what they need to see them through the next few months and beyond.
Our report, COVID-19 and the Health and Care Workforce, summarises our engagement, focused on three core issues:
- workforce inequality
- staff experience
- workforce supply.
To support health and care organisations through the second surge and its aftermath, we're calling for national investment to:
- continue investment in staff mental health and wellbeing services to supplement local initiatives
- grow the clinical workforce and address long-standing and critical workforce challenges, particularly in mental health and learning disability nursing, and smaller allied health professions
- continue to deliver national attraction and recruitment campaigns for health and social care which attract people into both employment and university healthcare training places
- deliver a pay and reward offer that is funded and sustainable, which recognises the skills and talents of the workforce.
Find out more in our report.