New to Care


A case study of how University Hospitals Plymouth (UHP) NHS Trust tackled its issues with nursing recruitment and retention by developing a clear pathway for staff development and progression.

The trust opted to tackle its issues with staff recruitment and retention by developing a new workforce strategy, which would provide a career pathway to allow clearer progression for nursing and support staff.

UHP used the apprenticeship pathway and created a flexible 5/6-stage career model, mapping out an individual's journey from 'new to care' through to registered nurse.

Implemented via an internal education team and external higher education institutions, the trust has seen its retention rate improve dramatically - from 49% to 93% - with large numbers of staff progressing through the different levels of the programme, and strong feedback throughout.

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