It found the main challenges for staffing in rural areas were: disproportionate out-migration of young adults, older than average population and consequently a higher demand for health and social care services.
In addition the report noted that there were fewer NHS staff per head in rural areas and a lack of a rural-specific focus in workforce planning.
There were, however, several opportunities for the future of health care staffing: realising the attractiveness of the NHS as a large employer and using the varied nature of jobs in the NHS to employ a range of people with different backgrounds, for example those without a university degree.
The full report can be read here.
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