Addressing Skills Shortages In The NHS

Clinicians are highly skilled at clinical work. They are trained to put the patient first and to act in line with the 6 C's of Care; Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment. But what is missing?

As the needs and challenges of the #NHS become apparent, our clinicians must develop and expand their skills to become active listeners, problem solvers, and change makers for current real life #NHS issues.

The “Top Ten” Skills shortages among graduates

1.Commercial Awareness   

2.Communication Skills


4.Ability to work in a team

5.Problem solving

6.Conceptual ability

7.Subject Knowledge & competence

8.Foreign languages


10.Good general education

Source: Association of Graduate Recruiters “Skills for Graduates in the 21st Century”

At altstrat, we deliver a tailored staff skills matrix and use blended learning techniques so that NHS staff can transfer new leadership skills into the everyday work of the NHS. In doing this, we believe that we can bridge the gap in knowledge and skills shortages for NHS staff and managers, so that teams can work cohesively to find solutions, manage change and develop services effectively. We prepare clinicians for the future.

Posted on December 21, 2014 .