Independent NHS and social care staff survey launched to identify emerging workforce challenges


By Skills for Health | 17 May 2023

Since 2010, Skills for Health has conducted regular large-scale national surveys to provide a comprehensive picture of new and emerging workforce challenges across health and social care.

Today (17 May) it launches its 2023 State of the Workforce Survey to identify critical skills and development shortages at an individual, organisational, and systemic level to support the UK government, NHS, and social care leaders as they plan for the workforce of the future.

For over 10 years our research has helped shape the delivery of workforce initiatives and people strategies, supporting employers to make evidence-based decisions and to target effective resources in their efforts to improve the workplace.

Jon Parry, Head of Research, Skills for Health

With an ageing population and more than 7.2 million people awaiting treatment, demand for health and care services has never been greater. These factors, coupled with ongoing reform at a local and national level, mean that the UK’s healthcare workforce is experiencing an extraordinary moment of transformational change.

That being so, the intelligence to better understand the complex skills issues that health and care leaders need to address is more important than ever.

For every completed survey response, Skills for Health will donate 20p to charity.

The State of the Workforce Survey is open to all employees working in clinical, managerial, or operational roples at any level of seniority in the UK health and care sector.

Responses will be treated in strictest confidence and the anonymised data will form part of an evidence base to influence government and health and care leaders as they set their workforce priorities.

The survey is a mix of free-text and multiple-choice questions and should take around 15 minutes to complete.

Take part in the Skills for Health State of the Workforce Survey (via SurveyMonkey).


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