The NHS must prioritise talent planning if it is to have any hope of delivering on its pledge to save half a million more lives in the next decade. That is according to
The report outlines measures to tackle the current staffing crisis
Despite persistent efforts to boost recruitment and retention within the NHS, the latest data shows a shortage of almost 108,000 clinical professionals across the health service, with one in 11 vacancies currently unfilled.
Commenting on the plans, Michael Johnson-Ellis, who has over 15 years’ experience in NHS recruitment, said:
‘While we applaud NHS England’s ambition to dramatically reduce the number of people dying from big killers such as cancer, heart attacks and strokes, these plans are simply not achievable unless there are strong staffing strategies in place.
‘For this reason, we welcome the NHS’s admission that ‘the way staff have been supported to work has not kept up with the changing requirements of patients’. We also support the health service’s commitment to putting in place changes that ‘remove wasted time and irritating tasks, so that staff are able to focus on patient care’ and the introduction of technology to ensure that Trusts make the most of their available workforces.
‘On paper, transforming the way that patients are diagnosed, processed and treated through the use of genomics, cutting-edge surgery and artificial intelligence makes perfect sense. However, it is crucial that Trusts have access to the requisite talent to design, implement and deliver these services if they are to see meaningful change.