Meeting future challenges for the NHS workforce: the need for research



  • Stephanie Kumpunen


  • Anne Marie Rafferty, Professor of Nursing Policy, former Dean of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London;
  • Peter Griffiths, Chair of Health Services Research, NIHR Senior Investigator; and
  • Mark Radford, Chief Nurse, Health Education England

Research should play a vital part in shaping workforce policy and practice in the NHS. Workforce capacity and capability is one of the greatest challenges for the NHS, with staff shortages, skills gaps, recruitment and retention difficulties, new roles, changes to professional regulation, and so on. This session will focus on how workforce research can make a difference, and how the workforce research priorities are identified and prioritised by funders.