Hospices: Vacancies

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered am ar 24 Mai 2024.

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Deputy National Campaign Co-ordinator

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to tackle staffing shortages in the hospice sector.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England is seeking to address workforce shortages, particularly in community care, through the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan (LTWP). The LTWP, published in 2023, sets out the steps the National Health Service and its partners need to take to grow the NHS workforce and deliver an NHS workforce that meets the changing needs of the population over the next 15 years. The LTWP aims to grow the number and proportion of NHS staff working in mental health, primary, and community care, and sets out an ambition to grow these roles 73% by 2036/37.

Most hospices are independent, charitable organisations which develop and adapt their own terms and conditions of employment. The Government has provided £60 million in additional funding to deliver one-off payments to over 27,000 eligible staff employed by non-NHS organisations, including hospices, with contracts to deliver NHS services, and which employ their staff on dynamically linked Agenda for Change contracts.

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