Following the publication of the NHS People Plan for 2020/21, which has a strong focus on the importance of flexible working, NHS Employers has developed resources to help support the plan’s ambition to make flexible working the norm. 
Their guide to embedding flexible working is aimed at supporting organisations to increase the uptake of flexible working among nurses so that the NHS can remain an employer of choice in a competitive job market and also retain staff going forward. It explores the business case for improving opportunities for nurses to work flexibly, the basic principles and what it can look like in practice, as well practical tips and examples of how trusts have used flexible working to support successful retention of the nursing workforce. 
 
These resources are aimed at colleagues that have a responsibility or interest in implementing flexible working, including HR professionals, line managers and nurse leaders. Based on extensive employer engagement, theyhave identified a number of key enablers to successfully embedding a culture of flexible working, which can be found in more detail in: 
 
A guide to embedding flexible working for nurses 
Enablers to flexible working infographic 
Flexible retirement guide focuses on flexible working through the lens of supporting nurses to access more flexible forms of retirement 
A report of our survey findings ofnurses'viewsonflexibleworking 
Case study from Lancashire and South Cumbria integrated care system about its workforce mobility hub 
Case study from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust which focuses on improving retention at all stages of a nurses career 
 
Download and read the guide here, and also access the infographic to see the key enablers to flexible working. 
 
Click here for more information and full access to the resources. 
 
 
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