The NHS Long Term Plan, published in January this year, sets out a vital strategic framework to ensure that over the next 10 years the National Health Service will have the staff it needs so that nurses and doctors have the time they need to care, working in a supportive culture that allows them to provide the expert compassionate care they are committed providing.
To ensure a detailed plan that everyone in the NHS can get behind, my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has commissioned Baroness Harding to lead a rapid and inclusive programme of work to set out a detailed workforce implementation plan to be published in the spring.
In developing the workforce implementation plan, the NHS has been working with a broad range of experts, including patient groups, the voluntary sector, think tanks, regulatory bodies, academics and trade unions. Patients, the public and staff have all offered their views and have contributed toward the plan’s development through a national steering group and a number of stakeholder events. The NHS has also asked specific questions related to the plan through the Department’s online engagement community (Talk Health and Care) to seek the views of all health and care staff.