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UK — NHS survey underlines need for flexible resourcing

22 March 2010

The 7th Annual National Health Service Staff Survey for the Care Quality Commission has underlined major resourcing challenges with 45% of those surveyed believing that there were not enough staff for them to do their jobs properly.

Commenting on the findings of the survey Tom Hadley, Director of External Relations at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation said, "NHS staff are clearly concerned over current staffing levels. Unmanageable workloads create a downward spiral of increased stress and absence rates which add to the resourcing challenge. NHS Trusts need to urgently review the allocation of staff and call on extra resource from agency and locum staff to fill gaps where necessary and ensure front line care needs are met."

The survey also shows that only 44% of staff felt that their trust was committed to helping its staff balance their work and home life.

Commenting on this, Hadley concludes: "As well as helping employers, flexible resourcing is also of benefit for individual workers in the NHS. Many chose to work through agencies so that they can pick and chose their hours. Flexible staffing arrangements are a vital component of any large organisation's resourcing strategy and must be seen as part of the solution for cost-effective workforce management within the NHS."



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