NHS recruitment drive targets schoolchildren

The We Are The NHS campaign will highlight professions across the health service, initially focusing on nursing

The We Are The NHS campaign will highlight professions across the health service, initially focusing on nursing

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The NHS in England has launched the biggest recruitment drive in its history to encourage schoolchildren to work in the health service.

The health service, which is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its creation this week, ended the last financial year with almost 100,000 vacancies.

The new £8 million recruitment drive is set to to target schoolchildren in a bid to encourage them to take up a career in the NHS.

The We Are The NHS campaign will highlight professions across the health service, initially focusing on nursing.

Figures from NHS Improvement in May highlighted that, in addition to the 1.1 million whole-time equivalent (WTE) staff employed by NHS providers in England, there were almost 93,000 WTE vacancies.

This includes nearly 36,000 nurses and almost 10,000 doctors.

NHS England said the campaign will primarily target children aged 14 to 18 through TV and radio adverts as well as posters and social media.

A poll released to mark the launch of the campaign, which is being funded by NHS England and the Department for Health and Social Care, found that three quarters (75%) of English adults claim that nurses and doctors as professions they trust the most.

And almost seven in 10 (68%) of the 2,100 people surveyed said they were some of the most important roles in society.

England's most senior nurse, Professor Jane Cummings, said the survey findings showed why young people should feel inspired to choose a career in the NHS but that more needed to be done to highlight the range of opportunities available.

Prof Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, said: "The NHS is our country's most loved institution and that is down to the expert skill, dedication and compassion of its brilliant staff.

"There are over 350 careers available within the NHS giving young people an astonishing range of options.

"This campaign is all about inspiring young people and others who want a change of career to come and work for the NHS and have a rewarding and fulfilling career that makes a real difference."