Call for Evidence
Terms of reference
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- What are the main steps that must be taken to recruit the extra staff that are needed across the health and social care sectors in the short, medium and long-term?
- What is the best way to ensure that current plans for recruitment, training and retention are able to adapt as models for providing future care change?
- What is the correct balance between domestic and international recruitment of health and social care workers in the short, medium and long term?
- What can the Government do to make it easier for staff to be recruited from countries from which it is ethically acceptable to recruit, with trusted training programmes?
- What changes could be made to the initial and ongoing training of staff in the health and social care sectors in order to help increase the number of staff working in these sectors? In particular:
- To what extent is there an adequate system for determining how many doctors, nurses and allied health professionals should be trained to meet long-term need?
- Do the curriculums for training doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals need updating to ensure that staff have the right mix of skills?
- Could the training period for doctors be reduced?
- Should the cap on the number of medical places offered to international and domestic students be removed?
- What are the principal factors driving staff to leave the health and social care sectors and what could be done to address them?
- Are there specific roles, and/or geographical locations, where recruitment and retention are a particular problem and what could be done to address this?
- What should be in the next iteration of the NHS People Plan, and a people plan for the social care sector, to address the recruitment, training and retention of staff?
- To what extent are the contractual and employment models used in the health and social care sectors fit for the purpose of attracting, training, and retaining the right numbers of staff with the right skills?
- What is the role of integrated care systems in ensuring that local health and care organisations attract and retain staff with the right mix of skills?