In early 2022 Forum Central surveyed our members to help understand the wider recruitment, retention and workforce issues affecting our third sector health and care workforce and established a HR Network with representatives from across our specialism networks, who fed into the report’s recommendations. Since our members were surveyed the overall situation has worsened and for some of our members to the extent that it is approaching crisis.

A variety of complex recruitment and retention issues, staff burnout and financial difficulties are being feedback to us on an increasingly concerning level. We feel the risks are extremely significant.

The report we are launching today found here summarises the responses and what we heard from our members, alongside a set of recommendations. We also included this cover letter with the report.

We are sharing this report with our members, our system partners and colleagues to highlight the headline findings, top issues and share our recommendations for system owned actions to be taken in response.