Health and care services in Lincolnshire can only work if we have the right people, in the right roles doing their best to care for our people. Historically, rural areas have been the most difficult areas to recruit to but we know that in Lincolnshire, we have a lot to offer. Which is why we are bringing the Lincolnshire system together to work on attracting more people into the county, developing them and their careers, and supporting them to do what they want to do, in the way they want to do it.
Attracting, retaining and supporting our workforce needs to be done together in order to ensure that we are providing the best possible services and care to the people of Lincolnshire, when and where they need it.
By working collaboratively, we want to:
- Raise the profile of the county as a place to live and work in health and social care
- Secure expertise in marketing to help us develop a proactive range of campaign materials to support our recruitment drives
- Adopt a system-wide approach to attracting staff to Lincolnshire from overseas, including via the Refugee Doctor Programme
- Work towards providing an Apprenticeship Strategy and working in collaboration with education providers to maximise the workforce pipeline for the future.
Our approach to attraction
Over the past year we have been using our attraction approach to shape what we focus our efforts on and to map out the way we attract workforce into the county. During conversations with stakeholders regarding our approach to attraction, a number of initiatives were proposed, including:
- Rotational posts that encompass community, community hospitals, and acute settings
- Explore partnership working to deliver international recruitment campaigns
Conversations were also held around which roles are hard to recruit to, to form the basis of our approach. These included:
- Healthcare Support Workers
- Pharmacists (across multiple organisations)
- Mental Health Inpatient Nursing Staff
- Domiciliary Care Staff