Improving staff retention and career progression

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Szeremeta L, Shamash N (2016) Improving staff retention and career progression. Nursing Times; 112: 18, 18–20. Staff shortages are serious and widespread and, for many trusts, the cost of temporary staff is not sustainable. In many cases, the existing workforce has the skills necessary to fill vacant posts. A trust developed an initiative to maximise use of its nurses’ expertise and minimise staff attrition. This article describes the scheme and how it increased job satisfaction, promoted development opportunities and cut costs.

One trust developed a job transfer programme to improve job satisfaction, promote staff progression and reduce the number of skilled staff leaving the organisation

In this article…

> Recruitment and retention problems within the trust

> Design and development of the transfer programme

> Tangible benefits of the initiative

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