NHS England calls for evidence for recruitment and retention of digital, data and technology staff

The Transformation Directorate at NHS England has opened a call for evidence for recruitment and retention of digital, data and technology staff in the NHS.

Through an online survey the digital transformation unit aims to explore what good practice looks like and understand the challenges that exist in attracting, recruiting and retaining these professionals.

It comes against the challenge that “digital, data and technology professionals are in high demand across all sectors of the economy and the NHS needs to do more to attract and retain these specialist skillsets in order to meet current and future digital transformation ambitions,” NHS England notes.

The survey aims to understand participants experience to recruit digital, data and technology professionals, as well what is working well or what is needed to attract these professionals to the NHS. It also asks how easy it is to retain digital, data and technology professionals and whether skills, capability or competency frameworks are in use and how they’re working. The survey continues to ask for participants experience, what more can be done and wider views on this area.

Information gathered from the survey will be used to support the NHS digital workforce programmes and form an evidence base on which to build future solutions.

The survey closes 15 December; to find out more, please click here. 

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