Health and Care Staff: Cost of Living Review: Staff and their Lived Experiences (Stage 2 Report)

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. Figure 1.0 represents the geographical location of BOB (area 30) and Frimley (area 31) Health and Care ICS. Both sit within the South East of England NHS region and borders the North West of London. 

This research was therefore commissioned to investigate and provide an independent evaluation 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 paper presents stage two of the research project designed to create a robust evidence base to test the attrition assumptions and understand the economic case that may drive attrition of health and care staff within the BOB and Frimley Health and Care ICS. 

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