Building a resilient workforce for Kent and Medway

We have around 30,000 staff working in health and social care in Kent and Medway, but we have some challenging vacancies right across the system.

To deliver our plans we need the right staff, in the right places with the right skills. The workforce workstream makes sure we co-ordinate how this happens.

The workstream has three objectives:

  • To recruit the staff we need
  • To retain the staff we need
  • To equip our staff to give the best service to patients and the public.

What have local people told us?

The public have told us that they are worried about our staff shortages, and the stress that it puts on the staff we have. They want to know that we have a plan to recruit and retain people.

What we have done so far

    • Careers fairs, pre-employment courses, work placements and speeches at schools to attract young people into health and social care roles
    • Conversations to bid for a medical school for Kent
    • A new social media campaign launched in May called ‘East Kent – a different view’
    • An international recruitment programme
    • An online discussion project about retention of staff
    • Events with our existing staff to talk about the future
    • A free training programme for social care workers
    • Return to nursing programmes
    • New MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice starts at Canterbury Christchurch University in January – first time in Kent.

What are the next steps?

      • Extensive programme of careers fairs, open days and courses to encourage people into health and social care careers
      • Detailed work to identify what types of staff, with what skills we need for the future
      • An online conversation for staff about retention in late June
      • Making sure our training and development programme is as good as it can be
      • Evaluation of the social media campaign ‘East Kent – a different view’ to decide whether to do something similar for the rest of Kent and Medway
      • Joint work on agency staff use and costs
      • We are part of the group potentially bidding for a new medical school.

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