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Hard to recruit areas

The roles must of course be kept with agenda for change pay and benefit rules, however what form of bursaries, golden handshakes could be made available. In addition to this there are a number of fast track processes within the NHS already in terms of graduates and so forth. What if based on serving a minimum period of time in a hard to staff location provided a number of certain criteria are met throughout the interview process as with any standard interview process. Then upon completion of the contracted period of time there is then the opportunity to be fast track promoted which could be linked to ongoing mentoring work or similar within that location. There would of course be some HR led challenges to this process which would need to be worked through in advance and union sign off would be essential.

Eilidh Murray 3 months ago

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Rose Penfold 2 months ago

Agree all of these points need to be considered. It is also important to consider the support offers that can be offered instead/as well as these - e.g. assistance with travel costs, parking, accommodation, working hours to fit around peak commuting times. And whether these affect doctors' decisions to work in these areas (or cause doctors to leave jobs in these areas)

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Rosemary Smart 1 month ago

I think, much of this needs to be around the narrative of brand. Hard to recruit geographies often go hand in hand with mediocre performing services. Nobody wants to work for failing organisations so it becomes a perfect storm; i.e failing org = low skill base, = difficult to attract top talent. I think more of the positive PR campaigns that we are starting to see around and about. Messages of commitment from Trust boards about investment. Maybe its about siting (small) centres of excellence in these regions, and seeing what develops from this. This could be based on Public Health intelligence. So for example, in a region characterised by social deprivation and high chronic disease prevalence, consider establishing a World Class facility in respiratory medicine for example. Initially staff with seconded best in class experts, and then grow the talent pool. Not a quick fix, but an essential one maybe?

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