Hospice UK conducted a clinical workforce survey in November 2023 across all hospices. 

The aim of the survey


The aim of the survey is to:

  • To create a comprehensive picture of the hospice clinical workforce across the UK.
  • To provide comparative data for participating hospices to help local workforce planning.
Two hospice nurses working in a hospice

“We need this clinical workforce data to enable us to plan our future workforce. It will be useful to compare with other hospices and understand how we can continue to attract the experience we need for the future.”   

Laura Hugman, Clinical Team Manager
Paul Sartori Hospice

How can your hospice take part?

  • On 21 November 2023, Hospice UK has sent an email to all clinical leads from the Executive Clinical Leads in Hospice and Palliative Care (ECLiHP) forum to initiate the data collection for their hospice. 
  • These leads will act as our primary point of contact for each hospice for this survey.  If you have not received this email, please contact us.
  • Clinical leads will likely have to work with colleagues at their hospices including data analysts and HR teams to help them gather and input their data. The survey set-up form is designed to facilitate this.
  • The data collection approach allows for clinical leads to delegate specific forms to others within their hospice. Once you have completed the set-up and pressed submit, the people you nominate will automatically receive an email with their unique links to the individual section for their completion.
  • Please ensure your hospice only completes one data collection template overall consisting of all four completed sections.
  • The data collection period is from the 21 November to the 15 December 2023.  
  • We plan to publish the results of the analyses in February 2024.

About the data collection


The data collection focuses on a census date of the 14 November 2023 and understanding your establishment on this date, as well as other important clinical workforce measures. 

Where it is possible, we plan to provide comparative data between your hospice and other similar hospices that preserves anonymity to support local workforce planning (as shown below).

The planned clinical workforce measures include Comparative?
Nursing skill mix in community and/or inpatient and/or day hospice (outpatient)
Establishment fill for nursing, allied health professionals and doctors. Vacancies in specific roles
Age, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, carer status
Turnover and stability indicators
Length of time to recruit posts
Staff sickness rates
How hospices are interfacing with the NHS Agenda for change  
Types of staff benefits  
How hospices are supporting the development of clinical career  
Staff supervision and support  
Qualitative information about local innovations and developments in clinical workforce  

Additional measures will provide further insights nationally and regionally. We are also looking to identify innovations and developments for clinical workforce to share widely.

All the questions in the forms from this survey are available in a spreadsheet for your to view and collate the information in advance should you so wish. Download the spreadsheet

Working with Together for Short Lives

Our colleagues at Together for Short Lives (TFSL) are interested to understand the clinical workforce in children’s hospices and providers of palliative and end of life care for children and young people.   

We have worked closely with TFSL and we hope that much of the data we will be capturing this survey will support both organisations in their work. We will work with TFSL to ensure permissions are in place for any data-sharing.

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