NHS Trusts: Resignations

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th May 2022.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Conservative, South West Wiltshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which NHS Trusts conduct exit interviews for departing staff.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Conservative, South West Wiltshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the findings of exit interviews by NHS Trusts for departing staff are collated centrally.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Conservative, South West Wiltshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence is used to determine the cause of early departure of staff from the NHS.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Conservative, South West Wiltshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the most frequent reasons are given by staff for early departure from the NHS in order of frequency.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The information requested on trusts undertaking exit interviews is not held centrally. While exit interviews are recommended in the National Health Service learning handbook, it may not be appropriate for all staff, such as in cases of redundancy or dismissal. An updated, online, self-exit questionnaire was launched in October 2021, which includes staff survey questions and allows staff to explain their reasons for leaving. This is currently being promoted to all NHS trusts and is in use in approximately 83 organisations.

Reasons for leaving are noted in the Electronic Staff Record. Where detailed information for leaving was available, in 2021 the most frequent reasons were retirement; end of fixed term contract; work/life balance; relocation; and pay or reward.

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