Health employment is set to rise by 11.5mn by 2026, report finds
A recent report by The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted a rise in employment roles in the healthcare sector. By 2026, it has stated that roles will increase by 11.5million over the next 10 years, the fastest growth seen for up to a decade.
With ageing populations and escalating costs placing significant strains on healthcare services, rising retirement ages has also seen the demographic of ages of healthcare workers shift. Whilst dominated by a younger workforce in the 1990s, the sector is set to see an increase in older workers, in a pool which is both more diverse and innovative in its ways of working.
The number of baby boomers entering the profession is set to grow to 24.8% in 2026, a rise from 22.4% in 2016 and 16.8% in 2006, the report has added. New digital tools and subsequent transformations in healthcare will further drive the growth of labour productivity, and lead to the creation of new roles.
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The report has highlighted that areas of particular growth will be the goods producing sector, which is set to gain over 200,000 jobs, providing 0.8% annual growth, as well as the social assistance sector, which will provide up to a third of new jobs in the industry.
Additionally, demand for occupational health occupations, in alignment with ageing populations and chronic health conditions, has led to a predicted increase of 7.4% and will contribute for nearly a fifth of all new jobs by 2026.
However, with such increased demands, significant investment will need to be invested into the growth of new and developing roles, both in acute and community settings. Many posts will require high standards of education, as well as the need for sensitivity, confidence and discretion. The number of community focused roles is also set to rise, in line with the majority of citizens wishing to stay in their own homes as they age.
COVID-19 app for NHS staff launches as restrictions lift
A new app has launched today to support UK hospital staff who have been redeployed to care for COVID-19 patients.
The Acute COVID app has been co-developed by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its charity CW+, along with health tech company Imagineear Health.
It provides information to healthcare staff via a step-by-step guide, aimed at both doctors and nurses. This includes the different stages of COVID-19 so they have guidance around triage at A&E, hospital admission, in-hospital treatments, and advanced care management.
The app also provides training on non-invasive ventilation. In the first wave of the pandemic the numbers of patients needing this type of ventilation led to staff who would not normally administer this to patients having to do so.
Additionally the app signposts staff to where they can access mental and physical wellbeing support, acknowledging the levels of staff burnout, particularly among frontline staff, the pandemic has created.
The launch of the app comes on the same day England lifts its COVID-19 restrictions, labelled "freedom day" by some. However infection rates have soared in recent weeks and the move has been fiercely opposed by scientists and doctors, both in the UK and abroad.
In a letter published in medical journal The Lancet backed by 1,200 international scientists, experts called the unlocking "a threat to the world", as allowing infection rates to rise enables the virus to mutate and potentially become resistant to the vaccination.
At the weekend the newly appointed health secretary Sajid Javid announced he had tested positive for coronavirus, and both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the chancellor Rishi Sunak are self-isolating.
Meanwhile in the first week of July more than 500,000 alerts were issued by the NHS Covid-19 app telling people they had been exposed to the virus. As a result businesses are considering cutting their opening hours while staff are self-isolating at home. The government has issued guidance saying that fully vaccinated frontline NHS staff in England will be allowed to carry on working even if they've come into contact with someone with COVID-19.