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Half of NHS workers have sought jobs outside the health service amid high workload and stress levels, research finds

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Almost half of NHS workers have spent time looking at job adverts outside the service (File Image)

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Almost half of NHS workers have spent time looking at job adverts outside the service, according to new analysis.

Around 47 per cent have looked for work outside the NHS and 29 per cent have actively inquired about jobs outside the NHS, the researchers found.

Between March and June 2023, around 14 per cent applied for non-NHS jobs, according to academics at the University of Bath.

Researchers said stress, workload, staff shortages and salaries are the main reasons why staff leave the NHS.

The study team raised concerns about burnout after almost one in two (47 per cent) of NHS workers reported “feeling very tired or exhausted” on most or every day.

Almost half of NHS workers have spent time looking at job adverts outside the service (File Image)

Almost half of NHS workers have spent time looking at job adverts outside the service (File Image)

Between March and June 2023, around 14 per cent applied for non-NHS jobs, according to academics (File image)

Between March and June 2023, around 14 per cent applied for non-NHS jobs, according to academics (File image)

Between March and June 2023, around 14 per cent applied for non-NHS jobs, according to academics (File image)

And job satisfaction rates have fallen over the four-year period that experts have been tracking the views of NHS workers. Staff were surveyed in “waves” beginning in 2020.

In the most recent survey, YouGov surveyed around 1,500 employees in England on behalf of the researchers.

Overall, only 37 per cent of staff surveyed in spring 2023 said they would recommend working for the NHS to others, a drop from 61 per cent in winter 2020/21.

Only one in four (26 per cent) nurses said they would recommend working in the health service.

The study’s lead researcher, Dr Andrew Weyman, said: “Increasing reports of resource shortages, psychological stress, symptoms of burnout, coupled with low confidence in improving working conditions, in the context of dissatisfaction with salaries and evidence of weakening staff commitment to the NHS are particularly disturbing.

‘[They] It would potentially offer an explanation for the significant drop in the proportion of staff who would recommend working for the NHS to others.

Last year the health service launched its first Long Term Workforce Plan with a view to increasing staff numbers and retaining current staff.

Dr Navina Evans, chief people officer at NHS England, said: “The latest survey of NHS staff showed the workforce is happier than it has been since the start of the pandemic, but we know there is more work to do to retain our hard-working NHS staff and support.” stay longer in the health service.

‘[This] That’s why we’re offering more flexible working options than ever, taking steps to reduce duplicate inductions and payroll errors, while new rules mean staff can earn a salary while still receiving their NHS pension.

“Our retirement and return arrangements are also helping the NHS retain highly experienced staff for longer and, as part of the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, we continue to expand education, training and recruitment nationally, and We have already made significant progress with a plan for a 25% increase in medical places.’

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