Sectors must work together

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The public and private sectors must work together more closely if the healthservice is to overcome its chronic staffing problems, delegates at the AHHRMconference were told. Norman Niven, BUPA’s director of healthcare staffing said the present cultureof mistrust between NHS trusts and healthcare staffing agencies must give wayto an environment of partnership and co-operation if the service is to thrivein the future. “We both have the same objectives but there needs to be a re-assessmentof our expectations. In the future we’re not going to have the luxury ofchoice, we’ll have to work together,” he said. “The agencies are not the cause of staff shortages in the NHS, it’s aconsequence of market forces. The idea that you could recruit all your stafffrom the town, or even country where you’re based has changed completely,”he added. Niven believes public and private bodies must begin to look at ways ofjointly delivering services and that some of the poorer agencies won’t survive.”We will deliver the staff so the trusts can deliver the service. Wemust build partnerships for change. Forward looking agencies will deliver totalhealthcare staffing solutions while the other will fall by the wayside,”he said. Niven also warned that nursing must change if it is to solve some of therecruitment and retention problems. He said, “We must make the job more interesting to young people. Tostart recruiting effectively we must start thinking differently and we don’thave a choice about solving these problems – we have to.” Related posts:No related photos. Sectors must work togetherOn 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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