A new Labour Market Intelligence report has been launched that applauds the ‘unsung heroes’ in the NHS and UK health sector – the health support workforce. The in-depth report authored by Ian Wheeler, Head of Research, LMI and Evaluation at Skills for Health shows how backing support workers and their development could save the sector millions each year. Using a broad estimate based on NHS data on workforce numbers and pay, the report predicts significant cost-savings, which could be in excess of £100 million.
The only thing we would add is that to enable these potential cost savings will require that staff development is maximised and retention is minimised. This will require not just investment from employers but the right personality and attitudes from employees towards the role and their own development. Something which our current clients know only too well. Read the full report here