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Nursing Recruitment Shortages

Posted on 23.05.2016

Senior health officials have admitted there will be a shortage of NHS nurses for years to comeas thousands of jobs for both doctors and nurses remain vacant.
With escalating figures, recruitment for the NHS is looking to migrants to fill empty posts. The figures show that by the end of 2015, there were over 23,443 vacant nursing positions. The Chief executive of Health Education England, Ian Cumming said there would be a continuous shortfall until 2020 – at least.
The figures suggest a vacancy rate for nurses at 10%. Nursing vacancies have increased by 50% since 2013.
Ian Cumming stated ‘the demand for nurses has gone up by 24,000 in the last three years.’
Recruitment from overseas is increasing, where 69% of NHS trusts are actively searching for staff abroad, as far as India and the Philippines. Cumming continued that around 50% of the current positions would be filled by existing qualified nurses in the UK, with the remainder being made up of temporary, agency or migrant nurses.
Although on average, the staffing shortfall is on the increase, vacancy rates vary across the country, from 3% in the north-west and south-west of England, up to 15% in London. Where performance is not compromised upon, temporary staff are filling positions to ensure patient safety and NHS care is at its highest.
With more nurses employed by the NHS than there were two years ago, efforts are being made to close the gap between demand and staff shortages. A Department of Health spokesman said: “We know that much more needs to be done to make sure we continue to have the right number of staff in training and on our wards so patients receive high-quality care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“That’s why we are changing student nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals funding to create up to 10,000 more training places by the end of this parliament.”


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