Responding to the publication of the NHS People Plan, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said:
“The covid19 pandemic has demonstrated just how critical healthcare workers, including those in the independent sector, are in keeping our nation safe. We therefore welcome today’s NHS People Plan which sets out some a clear vision to improve recruitment and training of the healthcare workforce, as well as improve the culture and day to day experience of staff across the whole of the healthcare system.
“With over 100 000 people employed in the independent health sector, the plan rightly makes clear the vital role that employers in the independent and voluntary sectors have in better supporting and growing the healthcare workforce. The focus on greater system-wide working and collaboration among all health and care partners, and building on the new ways of working and innovation that covid19 has brought about, is absolutely the right approach to ensure we can provide the best possible patient care. We look forward to working with the NHS People Plan team to ensure independent providers can play a central role in delivering this plan and better support our staff to meet the needs of the patients of tomorrow.”