#WeNurses - Tuesday 19th July 2022 8:30pm (Greenwich Standard Time) Nurses and our role in HCSWs Recruitment & Retention

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This is the 3rd of 4 chats we are running throughout July focusing on our relationship and capacity to help support the needs of HCSW, to learn more about this series of chats please visit the introductory blog here.

These chats are very welcome to be contributed to by nurses and HCSWs with all levels of experience, and educators of both too, we hope you'll all join in to deliver a rounded and interesting discussion. 

For the purpose of clarity, the Healthcare Support Worker Programme, sets out that healthcare support worker is an "umbrella term that covers a variety of health and care support roles, including healthcare assistant (HCA), nursing assistant, theatre support worker, maternity support worker and more.

This tweetchat information: 

What do we know about HCSWs recruitment and retention?

We know that the current recruitment and retention of nurses have many similarities to that of HCSWs with perception of the role, experience of being in the role and the support of piers being major factors in exploring and staying in care. 

@NHSengland is working differently to explore and share innovative recruitment steps that are showing rapid results and this is visibly well supported and shared by Dame Ruth May on Twitter:

We know that as patient demand grows for nurses it also grows for HCSWs to care alongside us.

We know we know that many younger HCSWs, under 30, leave the NHS within the first year of service, many within the first three months .

We know that nurse mentoring through both onboarding and learning and career development is key to the retention of HCSWs.

We know that many of us started out in HCSW roles and many in them now will go on to join the @NMCnews register as nurses or nursing associates. 

What we don't know is how aware, focused and effective nurses are being nationally to support the recruitment and retention of HCSWs.

Throughout the chat, we'll be working our way through the following questions to help to understand how nurses can influence both the recruitment and retention of HCSWs:

     - How important do you feel it is for nurses to be aware of and be effective in the recruitment of HCSWs?

     - What are the roles and values nurses bring to the recruitment of HCSWs?

     - What works well for you locally in the recruitment of HCSWs that you can share for us all to learn from?

     - How vital are nurses in relation to the retention of HCSWs?

     - What are nurses doing well locally to increase HCSW retention that you have seen or done?

     - What can nurses do to support HCSWs that are interested in becoming nurses?


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