Hundreds of NHS workers quit Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust last year

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
NHS Digital figures show around 410 people resigned from their posts at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, with 85 nurses and health visitors choosing to leave their jobs in the year to March.

More NHS workers resigned from Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust between 2022-23 than in previous years, new figures show.

Experts suggest the aftermath of the pandemic, and an increase in people taking deferred retirement may be contributing to the rise.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

NHS Digital figures show around 410 people resigned from their posts at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, with 85 nurses and health visitors choosing to leave their jobs in the year to March.

In total, approximately 705 staff members left their jobs in 2022-23, an 11% increase on the 635 who left in 2020-21, during the height of the pandemic.

The figures cover medical and administration staff and are rounded to the nearest five. A resignation does not necessarily mean the staff member has left the NHS altogether, as the numbers also include any promotions and relocations.

In the last year, approximately 30 doctors left their roles at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad
NHS Digital figures show around 410 people resigned from their posts at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, with 85 nurses and health visitors choosing to leave their jobs in the year to March.NHS Digital figures show around 410 people resigned from their posts at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, with 85 nurses and health visitors choosing to leave their jobs in the year to March.
NHS Digital figures show around 410 people resigned from their posts at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, with 85 nurses and health visitors choosing to leave their jobs in the year to March. | National world

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers part of the NHS Confederation, said: “There is a sense that staff who deferred retirement due to the pandemic and its recovery are now choosing to enact their plans, and there is also undoubtedly significant numbers of staff moving between organisations to pursue financial and career opportunities.”

Trusts across England saw 222,690 workers leaving their roles in the NHS between 2022-23, 63% of whom resigned.

The remainder left for other reasons, such as retirement, dismissal or reaching the end of their fixed contract.

These figures emerge as the NHS enters its 75th year and is facing intense pressure due to record demand for care.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Ellie Orton OBE, chief executive at NHS Charities Together, said: “In addition to the aftermath of Covid-19 – including ever-increasing waitlists, long hours and public scrutiny – many roles can take a substantial physical and mental toll.”

Mr Mortimer said the new workforce plan challenges NHS organisations to improve working environments across their services and teams.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said the first ever NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, backed by over £2.4 billion government funding, will deliver the biggest training expansion in NHS history and recruit and retain hundreds of thousands more staff over the next 15 years.

They added: “We know that if we are to build a stronger, healthier NHS for the long-term with patients at its centre, it is vital to have the workforce to support it.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“There are record numbers of doctors working in the NHS with over 5,800 more compared to this time last year and we are on track to meet our commitment of 50,000 more nurses by the end of this Parliament, with over 44,000 more nurses in April 2023 compared with September 2019.”

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.