23 August 2022
Factors associated with staff retention in the NHS acute sector
Why do consultants, nurses and midwives, and healthcare assistants leave?
Today sees the publication of research examining factors involved in the leaving decisions of staff in the NHS acute sector. Conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) as part of its collaboration with the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce at King's, the research entailed analysing how a range of individual staff characteristics, regional economic conditions and trust characteristics are associated with whether individual staff members decide to leave the sector.
Elaine Kelly, George Stoye and Max Warner used the Electronic Staff Record, the monthly payroll of the NHS, to analyse how much of the variation in retention rates between NHS acute trusts can be explained by these characteristics, and to examine which factors were associated with the leaving decisions of medical consultants, nurses and midwives, and healthcare assistants between 2012 and 2021.
The project is the third the IFS has conducted as part of its collaboration with the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce, the prior ones being on
- NHS nursing labour supply decisions and the cost of living (report, February 2021); and,
- Labour supply decisions over doctors and nurses following maternity leave (report, March 2022).
Kelly, E., Stoye, G., & Warner, M. (2022) Factors associated with staff retention in the NHS acute sector, London: Institute for Fiscal Studies.