Our NHS is made up of 1.3 million people who care for the people of this country with skill, compassion and dedication. We must make the NHS an employer of excellence – valuing, supporting, developing and investing in our people.
We are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21 – action for us all, along with Our People Promise, sets out what our NHS people can expect from their leaders and from each other. It builds on the creativity and drive shown by our NHS people in their response, to date, to the COVID-19 pandemic and the interim NHS People Plan. It focuses on how we must all continue to look after each other and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, as well as take action to grow our workforce, train our people, and work together differently to deliver patient care.
During the COVID-19 response so far, people have shown energy, creativity and drive in finding solutions to new problems. We know that local organisations want to continue and strengthen the support for their people. The People Promise sets out what our people can expect – we have developed the Looking After Our People – Retention Programme to support local delivery.
We are excited to announce the introduction of a Generational retention in the NHS programme that will run throughout 2021, which will focus on finding solutions to better support our people in the early and later stages of their careers.