Retaining your clinical staff: a practical improvement resource


This improvement resource outlines key steps to improving retention of clinical staff. We have distilled advice from interviews with trust HR directors, directors of nursing and medical directors.

  • Do we know why our staff leave and why our staff stay?
  • What mechanisms do we have to engage and empower staff to drive forward their ideas?
  • How can we be sure that all our staff are aware of and can benefit from our retention initiatives?

This resource was developed in response to trusts’ requests for examples of best practice around improving retention through interviews with trust HR directors, directors of nursing and medical directors. 

It showcases proven approaches to improving staff retention with NHS organisations and builds on the same retention themes explored by NHS Employers in improving staff retention: a guide for employers and extends this support with more examples of the innovative approaches being trialled in trusts. 

This improvement resource is part of our wider programme of facilitating learning between trusts to help them retain their staff.

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