Workforce and HR support

A strategic aim for Hospice UK is to empower a strong, dynamic and responsive hospice sector.

We know that workforce planning and development have emerged as critical strategic challenges common to all hospices in ensuring that we are able to continue to meet growing demand for services and the changing nature of that demand in the future.

We recognise those challenges and are developing the package of support we provide to our members around workforce development and HR. This page summarises some key elements of what we already have in place.

National workforce network

We have established the Strategic HR and Workforce Leads Network (SHaWL). SHaWL will focus on the strategic challenge of a hospice workforce fit for the future and to support the sector with the HR capability to build and develop this workforce at a national, regional and local level.

Working closely with ECLiHP (Executive Clinical Leads in Hospice and Palliative care) the group will establish a formal national network for HR colleagues across the UK, linking into existing informal regional networks and establishing 13 regional representatives on the National Exec Group.

We will be working with SHaWL to look at how we develop our support to members around workforce.

There is more information on the SHaWL page.

Recruitment support

We have practical recruitment support for our member hospices which aim to maximise recruitment budgets and boost any recruitment campaigns. The support incudes

Annual surveys, benchmarking and events

We have partnered with a number of organisations to ensure members can access a range of annual surveys or benchmarking services related to workforce and HR. This includes

  • The Birdsong Hospice staff satisfaction survey which provides hospices the opportunity to participate in a cost-effective way to seek staff (and volunteer) opinions about their jobs and workplace and benchmark it against other hospices who took part. In 2016 we had 46 hospices took part so there is a good depth of data to benchmark against.
  • The Angenda Consulting People Count HR and workforce benchmarking study which compares data on key people management metrics with other hospices and not-for-profit organisations.
  • The Croner Hospice rewards: salary and benefits survey which offers participants the opportunity to purchase a detailed report covering pay and benefits in the Hospice sector. This report allows insight into pay and benefits packages against the wider hospice sector and can be a useful benchmarking tool.

More information on these services will be added soon.

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