The Health and Social Care Committee questioned the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid on Tuesday (7 June) in the final session of an inquiry into the recruitment, training and retention of NHS staff.
Previous evidence to the group of MPs cited poor workforce planning, weak policy and fragmented responsibilities as contributing to a "workforce crisis, exacerbated by the lack of a national NHS workforce strategy". It has been estimated that by 2030/31, up to almost half a million extra health care staff would be needed to meet the pressures of demand and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic - the equivalent of a 40 per cent increase in the workforce.
And only a quarter of nursing shifts have the planned number of registered nurses on duty, a new survey of more than 20,000 frontline staff has suggested.
According to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), most nurses warn that staffing levels on their last shift were not sufficient to meet the needs of patients. Some nurses are now quitting their jobs as a result.
Professor Jane Perry, dean of the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, has many years of clinical experience as a nurse and now leads on delivering technology-driven, modern courses to train healthcare professionals in east and north east London, where there are critical shortages of nurses and other healthcare workers.
Students at UEL use the latest learning methods, including an immersive simulation centre with AI/VR/AR technology, so they are best equipped for the modern workforce. There are also taster courses to pique interest, and nursing associate and physician associate courses to offer different routes to entry.