Healthcare Workforce & Recruitment UK Market Report 5ed

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What the report covers

  • Market
  • Recruitment Sector
  • Market Size
  • Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic
  • NHS Workforce in Context
  • Demand for Temps
  • Supply of Temps
  • Politics and Regulation
  • Efficiencies and NHS Budgets
  • Staffing in the NHS
  • Introduction of the Agency Rules
  • Payors
  • Major Providers
  • Investors
  • Market Potential
  • Appendices
    Trade Bodies and Associations
    Major Provider Profiles
    CEO Interviews

Who is the report for

  • Healthcare recruitment agencies
  • Central government
  • CEOs and Boards of NHS Trusts and independent healthcare and social care providers
  • Procurement leads in NHS Trusts and social care providers
  • Regulators
  • Banks and investors
  • Management consultants
  • Business advisors
  • Think tanks
  • Policy writers

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LaingBuisson’s comprehensive overview into the current state of staffing in UK health and social care. 5th edition. Published 18 June 2021. (358pp)

Temporary healthcare recruitment market set to bounce back post-Covid

“The past few years has seen the government promise to take steps to resolve staff shortages and levels of agency spend in the NHS. Most recently, this has come in the form of the NHS Interim People Plan in June 2019 and then the full NHS People Plan in July 2020. These promise to improve leadership and create a new operating model for the NHS workforce. The full People Plan also lays out a vision of offering flexibility to all NHS staff alongside developing a culture of inclusion and belonging. 

“Whether the NHS People Plan amounts a workforce strategy remains a moot point. However, what is clear is that we still lack a People Plan for the social care sector. Industry leaders are calling on government for reform and adequate funding for social care to enable the sector to tackle the vacancy levels and staff turnover that it has to deal with. ”

Suhail Mirza, report author

LaingBuisson has published the fifth edition of its Healthcare Workforce & Recruitment UK market report. The report draws inspiration from and is informed by the author’s interviews with over 100 NHS, adult social care, voluntary sector and independent acute sector CEOs and workforce and HR leaders.

Written during the Covid-19 pandemic, the report gives an all-round view of the state of the market, and while taking account of what has happened during the pandemic, considers the underlying market drivers and what is being done to address the resulting challenges.

The report is vital reading for anyone involved in temporary recruitment in healthcare and social care, including recruitment agencies, investors, advisors, policy makers as well as anyone concerned with day-to-day staffing in hospitals, primary care settings and care homes.

The report estimates the temporary healthcare and recruitment market to be worth £4.32 billion. The number of temporary staff reduced through the pandemic, though there was cooperation between the recruitment sector and the NHS to ensure the efficient provision of staff where required. Demand is expected to bounce back as we emerge from the pandemic owing to record hospital waiting lists.

The report highlights the staffing challenges faced by the NHS, the social care sector and the independent private acute sector. These include growing numbers of patients and patients with changing and more complex clinical needs, together with a failure to grow staff numbers at the required pace and a preference among some staff for flexible working.

The report looks at what is being done to address these issues, for example through the NHS People Plan and the role of NHS Professionals in reducing agency spend. It also looks at the potential for this highly investible market.

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