Workforce Programme – Think Tank event focusses on recruitment and retention of health and care staff

Every health and care system in the country is facing challenges in terms of recruitment and retention of staff and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is no different.

Seeking to address this, the Workforce programme held a successful Think Tank session to discuss how to attract a new generation of staff to live and work in the area.

Representatives from 30 organisations across the local health and social care system came together at the event to discuss how best to tackle the recruitment and retention challenges facing the local area.

A series of workshops were held that sought to discuss proposals that will seek to address our local hard to fill jobs, discuss ways in which the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent system can work together to on these solutions and agree the best approach to addressing the gaps.

The event also focussed on the important role apprenticeships play in attracting young people, wishing to take their first step into the world of health and care, while the retention of existing staff was also a major theme.

Feedback from the event will be used to further develop and implement innovative recruitment and retention schemes for local health and care which will seek to support TWB’s vision – “Working with you to make Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent the healthiest places to live and work.”

Among the great ideas discussed on the day included enhancing the good work currently being carried out with local schools, colleges and universities to get more young people and students involved in helping to showcase the range of health and care opportunities available in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent – both for those living locally and also those outside the county.

Congratulations also to Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT), whose nursing staff are being featured in a national campaign to recruit school leavers into nursing. More than a dozen staff at MPFT have been involved in NHS England’s ‘We are the NHS’ campaign, which is working to recruit more nurses into the NHS, encourage nurses who have left the profession to return and improve the retention of existing staff. The second wave of the campaign is targeting students starting their final year of A-levels or those taking a year out before university.

Watch the video below for more on the Workforce Think Tank event: