Responsibility for staffing levels rests with individual National Health Service trusts and their boards who are best placed to decide how many staff they need to provide a given service.
We are working with universities to ensure more people continue to apply to be a nurse. The Department is also working with its arm’slength bodies on a number of actions to increase recruitment and retention of the nursing workforce – these include:
- NHS England, with the support of the Department and Health Education England (HEE), has launched a major advertising campaign, aimed at encouraging recruitment to the NHS, retaining the existing workforce, and promoting the possibility of a return to the workforce for those who have previously worked in the NHS. The campaign has a strong focus on nursing, and builds upon HEE’s #KnowAboutNursing campaign, which has been running since May of this year;
- HEE is working with NHS trusts and universities to ensure as many people as possible continue to apply for nurse training programmes; and
- There will be no restriction on the numbers of nurses who can be employed through the Tier 2 visa route – giving health and social care employers the ability to recruit more international nurses to provide outstanding patient care whenever and wherever required.