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A two-stage rapid umbrella review of interventions relevant to the Welsh context to support recruitment and retention of clinical staff

Csontos, Judit ORCID:, Edwards, Deborah ORCID:, Gillen, Elizabeth ORCID:, Carrier, Judith ORCID:, Lewis, Ruth, Cooper, Alison ORCID:, Gal, Micaela ORCID:, Davies, Luke John, Law, Rebecca-Jane, Greenwell, Jane and Edwards, Adrian ORCID: 2023. A two-stage rapid umbrella review of interventions relevant to the Welsh context to support recruitment and retention of clinical staff. Presented at: Cochrane Colloquium 2023, London, 4-6 September 2023. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. , vol.1 (S1) 10.1002/14651858.CD202301

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Background: The United Kingdom is facing an acute healthcare workforce shortage in every discipline, hindering National Health Service (NHS) recovery from the residual impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing ongoing endemic pressures. Objectives: To investigate the effectiveness of interventions relevant to the Welsh NHS context to support both recruitment and retention of clinical staff. Methods: The Wales COVID-19 Evidence Centre (WCEC) conducted a two-stage rapid umbrella review (RUR) in two and a half months. Following an introductory stakeholder meeting with The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, who requested the research question, and Welsh Government and patient representatives, a rapid evidence map (REM) was conducted to explore interventions that can help recruit and retain clinical staff including return-to-work schemes. The REM identified 58 reviews, including systematic, scoping and narrative reviews, and the findings were presented at an intermediary stakeholder meeting where the focus for the RUR was decided—assessing the effectiveness of interventions for recruitment and retention in healthcare settings that are similar to Wales, including rural areas. Results: The RUR included eight systematic reviews and one scoping review (with an evaluation component), mainly focusing on interventions within rural, remote or underserved areas from across the world. In the synthesis, interventions were mapped across five World Health Organization (2010) categories: educational, regulatory, financial incentives, personal and professional support and bundled (activities that cover two or more different categories). Final findings were presented at an evidence briefing for stakeholders and other interested parties to maximise impact. Furthermore, stakeholders’ feedback was that the RUR enabled them to share accurate data with policymakers in Westminster, other Royal Colleges, and Heads of Medical Schools in the United Kingdom. Conclusions: Although RURs and REMs are less common than other review types, they are viable options for providing timely evidence-based support for decision-makers. RURs and REMs are especially useful when research questions are broad and a large number of systematic reviews are available. Patient, public and/or healthcare consumer involvement: The stakeholders included members of the WCEC public partnership group, including patient representatives, and a policy officer from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Prime Centre Wales (PRIME)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Date of Acceptance: 24 April 2023
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2023 14:30

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