Communication skills and the strategic use of IT top the skills shortages reported by healthcare employers in the voluntary sector, a survey shows.
The study carried out by Skills for Health examined the nature, scope and impact of skills gaps and shortages for paid healthcare employees.
Some 23% of workers lacked communication skills followed by 16% lacking IT and 14% lacking team working talent.
Commenting on the findings, John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health, said: "This report raises some challenges for the healthcare sector as a whole which need to be addressed in partnership between individuals, organisations and government.
"The findings will help refine Skills for Health's work towards developing a skilled, flexible and productive workforce for the entire healthcare sector in England."
The report is available in full via the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.