Increasing number of nurses and midwives leaving profession

Data published by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) shows there continues to be an increase in the number of nurses and midwives leaving its register over the last 12 months.

Overall, the number of nurses and midwives on the register has started to drop for the first time in a decade:

  • There were just under 690,000 nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK in September – over 1,600 less than there were the year before
  • The register showed just over 36,200 EU nurses and midwives – over 2,700 less than a year before
  • Over the last 12 months the number of UK graduates leaving the profession has increased by 9%
  • The number of nurses and midwives from Europe leaving the register has also increased by 67%
  • The number joining the register from the EU has dropped from 10,178 last year to 1,107 this year, a decrease of 89%

The NMC Register can be viewed here

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Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge

New report highlights that national policy and planning for the NHS Workforce in England is not fit for purpose. Also reports high staff turnover, and a fall in the number of trainee nurses. 

This report from the Health Foundation analyses the profile and trends of the NHS workforce, in particular focusing on the impact of the removal of the NHS bursary on student nurse numbers and staff retention.  The report highlights that national policy and planning for the NHS workforce in England is not fit for purpose, reinstating the need for a sustained and nationally focused approach to workforce policy and planning.

Full report: Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge | The Health Foundation.

Improving new starter turnover: case study

NHS Employers

Source: NHS Employers

This case study outlines how East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust worked to improve experiences of staff in their first year of employment at the trust. The trust improved the overall on-boarding experience including starting induction before day one in the role and introducing an online portal for new starters, along with the benefits and the challenges of doing so. This work has resulted in an improvement in new starter turnover of nearly 20 per cent.