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The courage of compassion: Supporting nurses and midwives to deliver high-quality care

The Covid-19 pandemic has put the UK health and care workforce under unprecedented pressure. The workforce had been struggling to cope even before the pandemic took hold. Staff stress, absenteeism, turnover and intentions to quit had reached alarmingly high levels in 2019, with large numbers of nurse and midwife vacancies across the health and care system. And then the pandemic struck.

The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England

The report provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive overview of the size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England.

Direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on health and wellbeing

A rapid evidence review ‘summarising what the evidence tells us about the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on health and wellbeing’. This work was supported by the Public Health Institute at LJMU.

The impact of Brexit on the NHS workforce

Since the UK voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, we have surveyed NHS trusts quarterly to help determine its impact on the EU workforce. Here are some of the results, and other key statistics

Volunteering in ambulance services: Developing and diversifying opportunities

The report aims to support the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, its members and staff in ambulance services involved in the management of volunteers to identify and explore potential opportunities for developing volunteers. It also aims to support commissioners and national bodies to identify ways in which ambulance services can contribute towards social action and volunteering as partners within the wider health and care system and outlines the support required to enable this.

The NHS Long Term Plan 2019

The NHS has been marking its 70th anniversary, and the national debate this has unleashed has centred on three big truths. There’s been pride in our Health Service’s enduring success, and in the shared social commitment it represents. There’s been concern – about funding, staffing, increasing inequalities and pressures from a growing and ageing population. But there’s also been optimism – about the possibilities for continuing medical advance and better outcomes of care

Beyond barriers 2018: How older people move between health and social care in England

CQC has completed a programme of targeted local system reviews in local authority areas. This work followed the government's 2017 Spring Budget announcement of additional funding for adult social care and a joint request from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. 

The Open University: Tacking the nursing shortage 2018

This report highlights the financial impact of the temporary staffing, to address the shortage, as well as many of the factors driving it, suggesting that new routes into the profession, like apprenticeships, can help to plug the gap and future-proof the nursing workforce in the long-term.  

NHS Five Year Forward View:

The NHS Five Year Forward View was published in October 2014 and sets out a new shared vision for the future of the NHS based around the new models of care.

Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future a draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027:

Published in December 2017, this strategy describes the nature and scale of the NHS’s workforce challenges and sets out proposals for the management of workforce issues at both local and national level.

Health Education England’s cancer workforce plan:

This plan sets out how Health Education England will make sure the NHS has enough staff with the right skills to deliver improvements for people affected by cancer over the next three years.

Health Education England’s Stepping Forward to 2020/21: Mental Health Workforce Plan for England:

A fully-researched and considered response to the commitments made in both the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and Future in Mind.

Emergency Care Workforce Programme:

Together with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), NHS England and Health Education England have developed a plan to ensure we have sustainable staffing in our emergency departments.

National Audit Office social care workforce report

This report and the summary consider the Department of Health & Social Care’s role in overseeing the adult social care workforce and assesses whether the size and structure of the care workforce are adequate to meet users’ needs for care now, and in the future, in the face of financial challenges and a competitive labour market. Summary Document

Department of Health Strategic Statement for Social Work with Adults in England 2016-2020:

This document sets out the Department of Health's vision for social work with adults, including areas for action.

Chief Social Worker Annual Report 2016-17:

The report sets out progress made in 2016-17 to promote and sustain excellent social work; provides an update on delivering recommendations; and outlines my priorities for 2017-18.

CQC report – The State of Health Care and Adult Social Care in England 2016-17:

This report sets out the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) assessment of the state of care in England in 2016/17.

Additional accessible versions which include summary, a graphic and easy read version are also available. 

Skills for Care's 'The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2017':

The ‘State of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2017’ report produced by Skills for Care provides information about the sector including: its size and shape; employment information; recruitment and retention issues; workforce demographics; pay; qualification rates; future workforce forecasts.

The Community Pharmacy Workforce in England 2017

Health Education England commissioned the Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey 2017 in order to better understand the current numbers and skills mix in the community pharmacy workforce, and thus inform planning and future investment in education. Report by Graham Kelly, March 2018.