Retention Hub



The Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Retention Hub is a space designed to share and signpost resources to support retention for all Health and Care Staff across all four boroughs.

Retaining and supporting our people is a key priority across the NHS as outlined in the People Plan and the NHS Long Term Plan.

Ensuring that our NHS people feel valued and have the opportunity to develop in their career is crucial to retention. Staff should have access to support, development and opportunities and be encouraged to achieve their individual ambitions in the workplace.


Looking to find out how BLMK can support you in your career within Health and Social Care?

The right hand side bar provides a host of links that will signpost you to both local and national resources; and contains links to Health and Wellbeing Support, Career Options, pertaining sections both for managers and staff. You will also find a more detailed career guidance under Career Resources.

International retention resources

NHS England have created a dedicated careers hub and features stories of six internationally recruited NHS nurses. The stories feature are from staff at different stages of their career. This site contains resources to support internationally recruited nurses to achieve their ambitions, explore their own career journey and access resources to support them to stay well.


New Menopause NHS Future Site Available

The new site is now available to all NHS staff to understand more about the menopause, how they can support colleagues at work and those experiencing menopause symptoms. Click here to access the site. Click here to set up a Future NHS account if you do not yet have one.

The site contains an e-learning module from Health Education England available to all colleagues in the workforce. The module takes approximately 30 mins to complete. It will give learners an overview of what the menopause is, the common symptoms associated with it, and scenarios which will help our people better understand the ways in which they can help support themselves and each other.

Not an NHS health or care organisation?    You may be able to access the service with an existing OpenAthens account. Please go to Learning Hub and sign in with your existing credentials.


Free Financial Health Check

HSBC Financial Health Specialist are offering a free phone appointment to discuss your finances. You can book a complimentary 30 minute financial health check by using the QR code below or book online here. You do not need to be a banking customer of HSBC to access this offer.


Extension of Free Access to Headspace App

Free access to science-backed mindfulness and meditation app Headspace has  been extended through to 31st March 2025. This is available to all NHS staff.
Click here for more information and to register.

Ramadan and Eid Guidance for NHS Muslim Staff, Managers, Allies and Colleagues

The National NHS Muslim Network has released Ramadan and Eid Guidance for 2024 to provide colleagues, line managers and senior leaders across the NHS an understanding of Ramadan and Eid, and to support Muslim colleagues, educate managers and colleagues and provide a reference point for allies.


Have you heard of the ShinyMind App?

Co-designed with the NHS for the NHS; to support the wellbeing and resilience of hardworking NHS staff whose amazing care keeps the NHS going 24/7, 365 days of the year and looks after each and every one of us. Our Mindset Resilience programme has helped over 2000 staff to look after their wellbeing and resilience. Click here to find out how this app can positively impact all aspects of your life.


Cost of Living Resources

This document was created in December 2022 in response to the rising cost of living. It aims to help staff in the BLMK system to be aware of support, services and resources available to support the cost of living, both nationally and locally. It is not exhaustive, but illustrates the range of support available. Click on the image to access the resource.

Who does this document apply to?

– Health and Care Staff
– Students
– Families and Children
– Older People
– People with Disabilities
– Armed Forces and
– Veterans