NHS England and NHS Improvement, and Health Education England have now published the next part of the NHS People Plan. We are the NHS: People Plan for 2020/21 – action for us all sets out what our NHS people can expect from leaders and each other.
There’s a huge amount we can do to look after and support our NHS people in 20/21 to recognise the pressures that we have all been under during the COVID-19 response, and the further challenges that lie ahead, with workload remaining a pressing concern. This plan is practical and ambitious, setting out the focused action that NHS people have told us they need right now, and for the rest of the financial year, to
- build a compassionate and inclusive culture
- grow our workforce and train our people
- find ways to work together differently, to deliver patient care
Published alongside the People Plan for 2020/21, Our NHS People Promise challenges us all to make the NHS a better place to work. Its themes and words come from colleagues who work in the NHS, who have told us what would improve their working experience.
For some staff, parts of the Promise will already match their current experience. For others, it may still feel out of reach. We must pledge as colleagues, line managers, employers and central bodies to work together to make these ambitions a reality for all of us, within the next four years.
This is our opportunity to take a huge step forward in creating an equal, inclusive and diverse NHS. Each of us has a part to play in making this a lasting change.