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Covid and Healthcare Sector in UK – Increasing recruitment over the next 6 months and frozen training activities

The pressure of working in the healthcare sector during the pandemic has led to many staff retiring or resigning. Several professionals have become ill themselves which has resulted in long-term sick leave and in some cases death. This has meant that roles have become vacant and skills gaps have occurred.

As a result, nearly half of the respondents report that their organisation is planning on increasing recruitment over the next 6 months. However, several organisations have frozen training activities which has led to skills gaps.

The pandemic has brought along new ways of working which has meant that COVID-19 awareness and knowledge relating to social distancing as well as infection prevention and control have become crucial for healthcare staff.
Other key skills relate to dealing with out-of-the-ordinary situations, appropriate use of equipment and awareness of the changing needs of service users.

For the healthcare sector the pandemic has led to a change in working practices or an introduction of new ones. The sector has seen a change in the clinical management of patients with COVID-19 infection as well as an increase in home working and the use of PPE.However, 40.6% of respondents state that their organisation was not adequately prepared for this sudden shift in working methods. Many respondents report on issues obtaining PPE as well as inadequate IT systems and digital skills to facilitate remote working.

Nearly all the respondents state that their organisation has had to introduce new ways of working due to COVID-19. These new ways of working for the healthcare sector mainly relate to changes within the physical environment, the workforce, and the clinical management of patients.
As a result of the pandemic, 44.3% of employers report that their organisational structure will look different. To aid revised organisational structures and potential new ways of working, employers state that they would like immediate support with staff well-being processes, employee engagement and workforce planning.

The COVID-19 Workforce research was carried about by the Research division at Skills for Health, led by Senior Researcher Sabina Enback, whereby we conducted a national survey of 2950 respondents in June 2020.

However, 40.6% of respondents state that their organisation was not adequately prepared for this sudden shift in working methods. Many respondents report on issues obtaining PPE as well as inadequate IT systems and digital skills to facilitate remote working.

Nearly all the respondents state that their organisation has had to introduce new ways of working due to COVID-19. These new ways of working for the healthcare sector mainly relate to changes within the physical environment, the workforce, and the clinical management of patients.
As a result of the pandemic, 44.3% of employers report that their organisational structure will look different. To aid revised organisational structures and potential new ways of working, employers state that they would like immediate support with staff well-being processes, employee engagement and workforce planning.

The COVID-19 Workforce research was carried about by the Research division at Skills for Health, led by Senior Researcher Sabina Enback, whereby we conducted a national survey of 2950 respondents in June 2020.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @ COVID-19 insights: impact on workforce skills

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