The Last Straw

Explaining the NHS Nursing Shortage
Sandra Meadows, Ros Levenson
Good levels of recruitment and retention among nurses are critical to the effectiveness of the NHS workforce.

But significant numbers of nurses are unhappy with many areas of their work.

Many nurses feel frustrated by issues such as lack of resources, poor pay and conditions, inflexible working times, and a grading system that makes career progression difficult.

The Last Straw argues that the NHS nursing shortage will not be solved unless all aspects of nurses' working lives – including roles, workload and conditions – are improved in an integrated way.

This publication draws conclusions about what needs to change to reverse the current problems.

The last straw: explaining the NHS nurse shortage publication cover

No. of pages: 76

ISBN: 978 1 85717 432 8

Keep up to date

Subscribe to our email newsletters and follow @TheKingsFund on Twitter to see our latest news and content.