As part of NHS Improvement’s efforts to reduce the numbers of staff leaving the health service 37 trusts have been chosen to receive targeted support from the regulator.

This support will include access to clinical expertise at NHSI such as use of its analytics and leadership teams to draw up bespoke plans to tackle retention problems affecting each trust.

The workforce plans will use evidence based approaches to improve retention and draw on best practice from trusts that have taken steps to tackle similar problems.

Mark Radford, NHSI’s director of nursing improvement, said: “There is an overall support programme. Some of this relates to culture, leadership, recruiting and support packages for staff in its broadest sense. It’s about making sure all those elements are correct in an organisation. We have this support programme because some of these things are hugely complex and challenging.

“We have identified organisations we think could be supported to make improvements around those areas. We have written to those organisations asking them to participate in this.”

HSJ understands the programme is not compulsory and two trusts said they do not wish to be included.

The acute and community trusts receiving help to reduce their nurse leaving rates are:

  • The Queen Victoria Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Solent Trust
  • Yeovil District Hospital FT
  • Croydon Health Services Trust
  • Papworth Hospital FT
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital FT
  • The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust
  • The Walton Centre FT
  • King’s College Hospital FT
  • Hertfordshire Community Trust
  • St George’s University Hospitals FT
  • London North West Healthcare Trust
  • Royal Free London FT
  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust
  • Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals FT
  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust
  • Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care FT
  • Royal Devon and Exeter FT
  • Wye Valley Trust

The first group of mental health trusts receiving support to reduce leaving rates in all clinical staff groups are:

  • Camden and Islington FT
  • South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare FT
  • Mersey Care FT
  • Greater Manchester West Mental Health FT
  • Southern Health FT
  • Berkshire Healthcare FT
  • Surrey and Borders Partnership FT
  • Oxleas FT
  • South London and Maudsley FT
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough FT
  • Hertfordshire Partnership University FT
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health FT
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
  • 5 Boroughs Partnership FT
  • Humber FT
  • Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber FT
  • South West Yorkshire Partnership FT
  • Bradford District Care FT