The workforce crisis engulfing the health and care system is well documented. In the NHS, increases in staff numbers are not keeping pace with demand for staff and services; in 2021/22, for the first time, the number of people working in adult social care in England fell, and there are now 165,000 vacancies.
In this long read, Sally Warren, Director of Policy at The King's Fund, looks at a report by Bill Morgan, commissioned by The King's Fund and Engage Britain, to consider why politicians have failed to act, where only they can, to deliver the workforce that the health and care system needs.
The article covers the following areas:
- Transparency in workforce planning assumptions
- Training and international recruitment
- Retention: it’s not just about pay
- More than a numbers game, getting the culture and leadership right
- Productivity and skill mix
- Action at all levels
- Service improvement ambitions matched to the available workforce