UNISON SUSSEX PARTNERSHIP BRANCH IS CALLING ON THE TRUST to develop a strategy for retaining it's older workforce, which is nationally defined as workers 50 + years of age.
With recruitment of new staff at near crisis point, the NHS is likely to face a huge challenge as a result of the population ageing. This sector is not only highly reliant on older workers, both in terms of making up a large proportion and number of the workforce, but is also relatively bad at retaining them. In our opinion this pressure point is likely to arrive sooner rather than later for the Trust, and action is urgently needed in order to reduce the likelihood of a debilitating mass exodus.
The older workforce not only brings stability to an organisation but also helps retain quality and experience, which is vital for the safe running of services.
"We are facing a perfect storm of austerity, Brexit, high cost of living, the scrapping of nursing grants and negative news storiers about the NHS."
Branch Secretary Nick McMaster says "It is hard to avoid the cliche of the "ticking time bomb" but our Trust really needs to get to grips with this issue. We are facing a perfect storm of austerity, Brexit, high cost of living, the scrapping of nursing grants and negative news storiers about the NHS. This means that young people coming into the job market would have to be extremely determined to want to work in any Trust. Sadly, recruitment levels show that this is not happening anywhere near where we need it to be. Therefore we call on the Trust to start planning now and pull out all the stops to retain our valuable and dedicated older staff group before we are left with staff shortages so severe services will be under serious threat."
Our related discussion paper 'Growing Older, Working Togerther' will be presented at the next Partnership Forum, which Branch hopes will be the start of a fruitful dialogue on starting to address this important issue.