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Workforce Summit and Awards to return in 2019

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This Workforce Summit and Awards, which will be held in September, aims to help organisations attract the best talent while celebrating innovative workforce planning and management

Back for a second year after a stellar launch in 2018 is our Workforce Summit and Awards. The two-part event will take place in London on 25 September.

During the day, those with an interest in nursing workforce issues are invited to attend the summit part of the event, 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 among delegates.

Among other things, the chapter included a promise to increase the number of nursing degree placements, reduce attrition from training and prevent nurses from leaving prematurely once they entered employment. Ministers have already admitted that it was the most difficult part of the document to create and had to be rewritten five times before approval.

In addition, we are expecting the separate Workforce Implementation Plan, which is to be published later in the year to set out how the staffing ambitions in the long-term plan will be delivered. Again, there is much to be discussed that affects nursing and midwifery.  

In the evening, the mood turns to one of celebration, as 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.

The categories include Workforce Team of the Year, Best Recruitment Experience and Nurse Manager of the Year and Best Place to Work for Employee Satisfaction.

In addition, new for 2019 are three additional awards categories. The Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year and Nurse Manager of the Year categories will aim to recognise those individuals going above and beyond to make nursing an inclusive, supportive environment where employees can grow into the best nurses they can be.

Meanwhile, the Best International Recruitment Experience category will recognise an organisation’s strategic approach to improving the recruitment experience for overseas nurses and midwives coming to work in the UK.

A total of 242 delegates attended the summit in 2018 and a massive 508 came to the awards. This year, we are aiming to be even bigger and better. Our 2019 event will be changing location from last year and is set to be held at The Brewery in Chiswell Street.

The deadline to enter the awards is 22 March, so you have just six weeks left to get your application together and tell us why you should win. So, do not delay.

For more details on both sections of the event, visit our dedicated Workforce Summit and Awards website: workforce.nursingtimes.net

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