Nursing workforce

Nurses discussion

Employers of nurses have much to think about. The challenge is to use existing and emerging talent to build a workforce that is big, capable and flexible enough to meet the UK’s growing healthcare needs. 

Recent policy developments are driving changes to:

  • how the system is funded 
  • how nurses learn and develop their careers 
  • how nurses can be recruited, and where from 
  • how nurse teams are modelled, with new roles to help fill skills gaps. 
With finite resources, these challenges can only be met by working effectively with local and national partners, and by thinking creatively about how to design and shape the workforce to respond to, and anticipate, service need. 

NHS Employers is here to help you to navigate these changes and to support you to continue to invest in, motivate and acknowledge your staff, enabling them to provide excellent patient care. 


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Nurse education and training

Students of today become our future workforce, so delivering high quality education, placements, preceptorships and ongoing development is vital if we are to improve patient care.

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Compassion in Practice

Compassion in Practice sets out the vision and strategy for the nursing workforce in England.

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Dementia care

Patients suffering with Dementia demands changes to how services are delivered.

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Nursing Associate

Find out more about the nursing associate role, currently being piloted in England.

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Safe staffing guidance

Access draft guidance from NHS Improvement on safe staffing in the NHS and have your say

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