Care staffing in the NHS, the good, the bad and the promising

This report gives an insight into nursing and HCA numbers. This includes data on gender, regions and how staff numbers vary by type of trust | BPP

In 2018, BPP approached 220 NHS trusts in England – of which 89% responded as part of this report. The report found that although vacancy rates have risen substantially, nursing numbers in hospitals have remained broadly flat. The authors highlight that although nursing numbers appear to be holding up, the sharp increase in vacancies tells a different story. They have soared by over a fifth in two years. As the country’s ageing population has risen, demand for more care and more complex care has increased.

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There are 2,200 more emergency admissions per day than there were five years ago, for instance, 31% more diagnostic tests, while delays due to waiting for available home care have more than doubled. Unfortunately, supply hasn’t increased in line with that demand – In other words, the crisis in recruitment is largely down to trusts being unable to meet rising demand rather than nursing numbers going into reverse, hence the shortfall in recruitment and the rise in use of agency nurses, which increased by 37% between December 2015 and December 2017.


Full document: Care staffing in the NHS, the good, the bad and the promising | BPP University School of Nursing


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