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Deadline for Workforce Awards extended

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The deadline for the Nursing Times Workforce Awards has been extended to 5 April but if you are involved with innovation in workforce planning and management – do not delay in entering 

If you have not yet entered our Workforce Awards, then you have not got long. Please do not dally if you are involved with innovation in workforce planning and management that will contribute to sustaining a workforce fit for the future. Get those entries in by 5 April. 

The awards form the second part of our event taking place in London on 25 September. During the day, we will be hosting the Workforce Summit which those with an interest in nursing workforce issues are invited to attend to discuss both challenges and solutions around staffing. 

The summit will bring together planning expertise and real-life case studies to support the recruitment, retention and development of the future nursing and midwifery workforce. 

With unrivalled access to content that draws on expertise from strategic partners and real-life case studies from health and care settings, our speaker programme during the day will challenge and support organisations to attract and retain the best talent.

Following the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan in January – the blueprint for the health service in England over the next decade – its chapter on workforce is bound to be a focal point for discussion. We are also expecting the separate Workforce Implementation Plan, which is due to be published later in the year to set out how the staffing ambitions in the long-term plan will be delivered. 

In addition, workforce was a key topic last month at the chief nursing officer for England’s summit in Birmingham. CNO Dr Ruth May included building a “workforce fit for the future” among her three overarching priorities for her time in post. 

Meanwhile, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said in his speech that a “litmus test” for the success of the long-term plan would be around whether nurse workforce problems could be addressed, and health and social care secretary Matt Hancock said he recognised the need to boost nurse recruitment. He indicated that undergraduate nurse training places would be further expanded through the aforementioned NHS workforce implementation plan. So lots to discuss. 

In the evening, we will be giving out trophies to the winners of our 14 Workforce Awards categories. We will highlight and reward innovation in workforce planning and management that contribute to sustaining a workforce fit for the future. For example, the categories include Workforce Team of the Year, Best Recruitment Experience and Nurse Manager of the Year.

In addition, new for 2019 are three additional awards categories – the Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year, Nurse Manager of the Year and the Best International Recruitment Experience. As previously stated, the deadline to enter the awards has been extended from 22 March to 5 April, but do not delay. 

The 2019 Workforce Summit and Awards will be held at The Brewery in Chiswell Street, London. For more details on both sections of the event, visit

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