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NHS turns to Mumsnet to fill nurse vacancies

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

NHS turns to Mumsnet to fill nurse vacancies

The NHS in England will turn to Mumsnet to help recruit nurses as part of a package of measures to fill vacancies in the health service.

NHS bosses see the online parenting chatroom and website as a crucial partner to entice nurses who have left the profession, to rejoin it.

It is one of a number of steps unveiled in the interim People Plan.

The report sets the ambition of recruiting an extra 40,000 nurses over the next five years.

It aims to do this through a combination of:

  • international recruitment by appointing lead agencies to co-ordinate the process

  • ensuring more nurses enter training

  • improving retention rates by placing a greater emphasis on career developing

  • encouraging nurses back into the NHS with the promise of flexible working opportunities

The plan for the link-up with Mumsnet has yet to be finalised, but is understood to involve promoting the opportunities that exist to go back to nursing.

A national return-to-practice scheme was set up in 2014 and is now being expanded. It offers catch-up training and a route back for nurses and support staff who have let their professional registrations lapse.

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While the plan focuses heavily on nurses, it also acknowledges more doctors and support staff will also be needed.

It comes amid mounting concern about the number of vacancies in the health service.

The 40,000 nurses target would only be enough to fill the current number of unfilled nurse posts.

The plan sets a target of reducing the overall vacancy rate for all staff to 5% by 2028 - it is currently over 8%.

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