The Burdett Trust and NHS England and NHS Improvement hosted the National Retention Awards in London on Tuesday 19 November 2019 to celebrate the hard work of those working in staff retention.
Retention of staff is a key issue for the NHS and a crucial factor in securing a skilled and sustainable workforce for the future. Since the beginning of the retention programme in June 2017, national nursing staff turnover rates have fallen from 12.5% to 11.9%, and mental health clinical staff turnover rates have fallen from 14.3% to 13.4%.
The awards celebrated best practice from trusts and showcased the work to improve employee retention within the NHS. Nominees and winners were:
- Best Career Planning and Development Offer – Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Best retention offers to support Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Best Support for those Approaching Retirement – Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group
- Best Flexible Working Offer to Support Work-life Balance – Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS
- Best Staff Engagement and Communications Offer – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Best use of Data to inform Retention Initiatives – Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
- Best Health and Wellbeing, Rewards and Benefits Offer – Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Best Support to New Starters and Newly Qualified – The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- Retention Team of the Year – University Hospitals of Derby and Barton NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nurse for Health Education England and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at NHS England and NHS Improvement, outlined the next steps for the programme to help trusts that have not yet received direct support, as well as efforts to extend the national retention programme to general practice.