The Urgent Recruitment Challenges Healthcare Faces in 2022
Posted on 21st June 2022 at 15:03
The COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed the needs and requirements of the healthcare recruitment industry on a global scale.
Deloitte’s 2022 Global Health Care Outlook Report determines a “collusion of forces” that has resulted in a long-awaited transformation in healthcare.
They assess that a “global pandemic of historic proportions” has proved to be a catalyst, influencing, and accentuating other problems facing this sector.
In this article, we explore some of the issues that are currently shaping healthcare recruitment.
Although we now live in a mainly post-pandemic society, healthcare workers continue to carry out essential work.
Over the course of the past two years, staff have been immersed in a setting of countless death and immense loneliness. The result of witnessing an overwhelming amount of patient loss is demonstrated in rising figures of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Working in COVID units, watching people suffer alone has taken its toll on workers.
Statistics by leading healthcare professionals show burnout to potentially be the most disruptive force in healthcare, despite the subsiding pandemic.
According to Deloitte, 55% of frontline healthcare workers in the United States suffer from burnout. This figure increases to 69% amongst younger staff members.
Although a solution may seem to be unattainable, there are still options to implement to support your staff.
Offering options for part-time work can ensure employees can still take the time they need for themselves, reducing the chance of burnout. This also may produce long-term effects, helping staff to return to a full-time role in the future.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, staff shortages have always been an enormous issue in healthcare.
A report by The King’s Fund predicts a shortage of over 100,000 staff across NHS trusts. This is influencing all areas of healthcare.
Poor workforce planning, an enforcement of strict immigration policies, and increasing numbers of staff members leaving their roles early due to burnout are exacerbating the problem.
The culmination of factors has resulted in the prediction that shortages will reach over 350,000 if action is not taken to remedy the problem.
One positive aspect of the pandemic for healthcare recruitment was the decline in staff in the hospitality business. Due to spiralling unemployment in this sector, more people were drawn into healthcare roles.
Unfortunately, since August 2021, when sectors began to reopen, pre-pandemic shortage levels in healthcare have returned. COVID-19 has accounted for a 9.5% decrease in healthcare employment.
If these issues are not addressed, there will be dire consequences felt by patients and the quality of care that staff can provide.
Turnover & Retention
Persisting shortages have intensified rapid healthcare turnover rates in the last seven years. During this period, the average hospital has turned over 89% of employees. Across the whole industry, the rate has risen by nearly 5% in a decade.
Although the NHS publicly acknowledged retention and turnover problems in 2017, healthcare recruitment agencies can also enforce solutions to help reduce the issue.
A potential resolution is recruitment onboarding. Posing relevant questions can help employers to understand how turnover issues can be improved.
Asking whether your company has created an inviting and successful environment can be the first step in enhancing your recruitment process. Follow this up by ensuring you are offering the right person with the right position.
Your healthcare business can significantly lower turnover statistics just by asking your candidates the right questions.
Furthermore, Hands-on Healthcare are here to help you find the right people for the right roles. Contact us on 0113 2775129 or fill in our online form and we’ll be in touch!
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