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Nurse retention and long-run NHS workforce challenges


Pay is an important lever in attracting and keeping staff, but is subject to tight regulations within the NHS. At this event, we explored the findings of new IFS work looking at the flexibility of the current pay system and its ability to address differences in the local cost of living across the country.

James Buchan (Senior Visiting Fellow, Health Foundation) then examined the longer term challenges faced by the NHS in finding sufficient nursing staff to meet the sharply rising demand for healthcare, and potential policy solutions to this challenge. 

You can watch the full event below, or download the slides here:

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