We are delighted to present our first white paper: Delivering on our promise to staff – engage, empower and retain.
As we emerge from a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, the urgent crisis of workforce burnout and soaring vacancy rates becomes ever-more pressing. The most recent national NHS staff survey demonstrates the growing disconnect in workforce morale: almost one third of respondents contemplate leaving their organisations, a mere half believe that they have the autonomy to decide how to do their work, and just one quarter feel staffing levels are sufficient to enable them to do their job properly.
There is no single solution to improving workforce wellbeing and retention. However, the cost of inaction is more staff leaving; increasing pressure on the remaining workforce.
In creating this white paper, we have undertaken a detailed review of current evidence, statistics and commentary surrounding healthcare staff retention, and coupled this with our own data insights and qualitative analysis. The resulting paper presents the scale and nature of the retention challenge, its impact, a proposed "Framework for Workforce Retention”, and insights from third party and partner organisations.
Our hope is that leaders of all levels can take both reassurance and inspiration from this paper and the framework for retention presented within it. It is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the strides already made while offering a road map for the future – a future where efforts can be focused where they are needed most.