31 / 3 / 2017 9.40am
Responding to NHS England’s delivery plan, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:
“We welcome NHS England’s delivery plan, which recognises the enormous pressure staff are under and the improvements that employers have seen in the engagement scores. The greater focus on our workforce is very welcome.
“Flexible working is integral to staff retention, but is not always easy to implement, especially as the health service remains under unprecedented strain. Alongside employers and staff organisations, we will work together to set out the best possible practice, and share this swiftly for the benefit of staff in all our organisations.
“We also welcome plans to work in partnership with trade unions and lead STPs to find ways to de-risk service change, and support the proposed ‘staff passport’ to facilitate collaboration between primary and hospital care.
“We applaud the proposal of the ‘Nurse First’ programme, a Teach First-style scheme designed to encourage people to enter careers in nursing. We are especially pleased to see this will begin with prioritising access to vital roles in mental health and learning disability.
“In relation to the clearer strategic focus on surplus NHS land, employers across the NHS – and especially in London and areas where property prices are extremely high – will be glad of the real opportunity for a greater number of affordable homes for NHS staff.”