Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) and Frimley Health and Care Staff: life in the cost-of-living crisis 

The Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West (BOB) and the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care Systems (ICS) were formally established in 2022. The ICS comprise health and care organisations situated within the catchment area who work together to plan and deliver joined up health and care services for the local population. Both sit within the South East of England NHS region and borders the North West of London. 

This study sits at the intersection of two major social challenges, namely; the shortage of a skilled health and care workforce, and the housing crisis. This research was commissioned to provide an independent evaluation of how health and care workers managed their housing options alongside their employment. The research was designed to enable the BOB and Frimley Health and Care system leads to determine actionable counters to identify and help reduce the potential stresses for staff to reduce leavers and enhance the attractiveness of working in both ICS. 

This complete project comprised three stages undertaken in partnership with researchers from the University of Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallam University which includes: an Economic Analysis (Prof E Ferrari, Sheffield Hallam University),  Lived Experiences (Prof J Garside, University of Huddersfield) and, Solution Scenarios (Prof P Brown, University of Huddersfield). 

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