Bridging the nursing gap - addressing the workforce challenge in the short term

Author Andrew Njenga
Posted 2019.03.06
28 Mar 2019

Workforce shortages present a significant risk to the sustainability of health and care services, with nurse staffing the greatest challenge. This Health Foundation event aims to explore challenges and solutions.


Event | Date: Thursday 28 March 2019, 09.00 – 12.15


Venue: RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

The Health Foundation, long term partners of HSRUK are proud to announce that new speakers will be giving addresses at their upcoming event "Bridging the nursing gap: addressing the workforce challenge in the short term".This event considers a similar theme to a joint event from the Health Foundation and HSRUK joint policy breakfast on safe staffing held in November 2018. 


Workforce shortages present a significant risk to the future sustainability of health and care services and one of the greatest challenges lies in nursing.

We are seeing increases in nurses leaving the NHS, a shortage of new nurses, and Brexit has created additional risks with a net inflow of nurses from the EU having already turned into an outflow. While there are initiatives in the NHS long-term plan to build the workforce, with further detail to come from the awaited implementation plan, these will inevitably take time to deliver.


This event will aim to explore these challenges and the potential solutions that can be applied in the short term, showcasing evidence and best practice from other countries on workforce retention, attrition, and international recruitment.


Speakers include:

  • Linda Aiken, Director of the Centre for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • James Buchan, Senior Visiting Fellow, the Health Foundation
  • Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research & Economics, the Health Foundation
  • Navina Evans, Chief Executive Officer, East London Foundation Trust


Speakers will also be joined by an expert panel of: Chris Caldwell, Executive Director of Nursing, The Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust; Candace Imison, Director of Policy, Nuffield Trust; and Anne Marie Rafferty, President, Royal College of Nursing.


Due to high demand and limited places, this is an invitation-only event. If you are keen to attend please email the Events Team and they will be in touch if a place becomes available.