The pandemic has highlighted the impact of a health emergency on an already overstretched NHS system, that is likely to face recruitment challenges post Brexit.
The next crisis may be in mental health, mental health services already have long waiting lists and the expectation is that demand will increase following the difficult year that many individuals have faced being isolated from friends family and working colleagues. These contacts help define us as individuals and provide support and structure to our lives and their loss can have a deep and profound impact on physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Recruitment and retention of staff across the broad spectrum of NHS roles and those within Social Services will be essential in the coming months and years to meet demands across all areas of health and social care.
Supporting NHS staff, 750,000 people volunteered to support the NHS during the crisis.