UNISON SUSSEX PARTNERSHIP BRANCH HAS PRODUCED A DISCUSSION PAPER that addresses one of the most urgent issues facing the future of the NHS. 'Growing Older, Working Together: The challenges of maintaining safe services and retaining an ageing workforce' was written by Branch Secretary Nick McMaster, who is the Trust's staff side lead for Brighton and Hove.
"The national picture of the ageing workforce is one that should concern all of us who have an interest in or are responsible for ensuring the safe and effective running of NHS services"
He says "The national picture of the ageing workforce is one that should concern all of us who have an interest in or are responsible for ensuring the safe and effective running of NHS services. Recent Trust forums and employee relations cases highlight the need to retain our older members of staff, chiefly for the three main reasons: as a Trust we are not able to recruit and retain enough new staff: the less substantive staff we have, the more the Trust will spend on bank and agency staffing costs. This has a huge impact on budgets and on quality of care: and an older workforce will have skills and experience that benefit the organisation and our service users. This has an impact on the quality of care and staff development."
The discussion paper calls on the Trust to develop an older workforce strategy and will be presented at the next Partnership Forum in December.