Financial pressures are the biggest challenge facing nursing in the NHS at the moment, according to our latest annual survey.
The parlous state of NHS finances were chosen by 24% of the nearly 750 respondents as the biggest challenge.
Poor pay and staff recruitment and retention were identified by a further 19% each, short staffing in hospitals was chosen by 18% and short staffing in the community by 11%.
Only 5% chose winter pressures, despite recent warnings about the coming months from NHS leaders.
When asked about winter planning, 24% said they believed their organisation was prepared and it would be “business as usual”.
A further 22% thought it would be “touch and go”.
But 26% said their organisation would “struggle to provide a safe service all of the time” and 10% that they would be “unable to provide a safe service all of the time”.
|1. What is the biggest challenge facing nursing in the NHS at the moment?|
|Short staffing in the hospital sector||18.29%|
|Short staffing in the community sector||11.04%|
|Staff recruitment and retention||18.62%|
|Poor media portrayal||4.12%|
|NHS financial pressures||24.38%|
|2. Do you believe your organisation is prepared for the coming winter?|
|Yes, it will be business as usual||23.82%|
|Yes, but it will be touch and go||21.56%|
|No, we will struggle to provide a safe service all of the time||26.58%|
|No, we will be unable to provide a safe service all of the time||10.21%|