New routes and opportunities for tackling recruitment and retention in health and care in rural areas
The second piece of research looking at recruitment and retainment issues in the NHS has just been commissioned. This estimated completion of this research is summer 2019.
The steps being taken are:
Rapid evidence review – of the national literature pertinent to routes to securing new workers (and retaining them) for the health and care workforce in rural areas, including the role of developing more generic roles so that clinicians can work across professional boundaries. The review will extend to Australia and the USA (where there are some robust evaluations of workforce development programmes). The national work will involve capturing ongoing activity relevant to the health and care sector in local devolution deals and Government-funded innovative projects.
Defining routes – analysis of the evidence collected in the review in step ‘1’ to: (a) identify the range of routes which present opportunities for securing workers/ delivering services in support of health and care workers; (b) identify and assess the potential of, and practice in, developing more generic roles enabling (more junior) clinicians to work across professional boundaries.
Selection of case studies – purposive selection of case study initiatives/ practice for more in-depth analysis that are complementary to the linked Action Research projects that will be commissioned by the National Centre for Rural Health and Care.
Primary research – interviews with local stakeholders, strategic managers, delivery providers, workers/ volunteers, etc., to supplement background documentation on case study initiatives.
Interim analysis and reporting – analysing and writing up findings from steps ‘1’-‘4’ above.
Liaising and synthesis across projects – liaising with the action research projects and their evaluator to ascertain their progress and key findings in order to enable synthesis across different elements of the research.
Workshop/ event – bringing together learning from across the different elements of the project with stakeholders from a range of groups/ organisations with interests in workforce issues in rural areas.
Final reporting – production of a report and summary of findings and policy recommendations.