Staffing matters; funding counts

Workforce profile and trends in the English NHS | The Health Foundation

Staffing matters; funding counts examines the profile and features of the NHS workforce in England, including; health labour market trends; relevant international data and comparisons from other countries.

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General practice and nursing workforces in particular are examined in detail – two key components that have been the subject of much recent policy analysis and media scrutiny – as areas that continue to need a strong policy focus. There is also a supplement giving more detailed information about the profile and recent trends of the workforce of the NHS in England.

Key findings

  • Mismatches between funding and staffing levels, along with repeated reorganisation, have led to a ‘boom and bust’ approach to the NHS front line.
  • The less costly, reactive and short-term solutions – being used by national and local leaders to tackle current problems – are quick fixes, and will only put a sticking plaster on deep-seated and systemic problems for the NHS.
  • Effective use of temporary staff and international recruitment will help to buy time while a more long-term, sustainable approach is introduced.
  • Investment in current staff should not be downplayed by an over-emphasis on new roles; some new roles are necessary but will not have a major impact unless there is significantly more central support for scale up.

The report concludes that the greatest threats to the delivery of the NHS’s Five year forward view are funding constraints and workforce shortages.

Download the main report: Staffing matters; funding counts

Download the Staffing matters:  Funding counts slide pack

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