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NHS nursing workforce

Getting the right NHS workforce in place is essential to deliver safe, high quality services as well as future service commitments as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. Nurses constitute the largest NHS clinical staff group, but have also been subject to the largest shortfalls. 

The study will examine how the NHS ensures that it has sufficient nurses with the right skills and capabilities to deliver high quality, safe and sustainable care, with a particular focus on how it understands its current and future staffing requirement for nurses, and whether it has workable strategies and plans in place to recruit and retain the nursing workforce it needs. It builds on our 2016 study on managing the supply, in particular recruitment and training, of NHS clinical staff.