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Staff focus

The latest news on staffing and workforce issues

Staff focus highlights health and morale in the workforce.

This theme highlights health and morale of the workforce. A positive working environment benefits staff and patients. Creating the best possible working conditions for nursing staff enables them to deliver the highest standards of patient care.

Staff focus

BBC News

Young people told - become a care worker

Young people in England are being targeted by the government in a bid to recruit thousands of more care workers. The Every Day is Different campaign will be promoted on social media and online platforms to get the under-40s to take up jobs such as care workers, therapists and activity co-ordinators. There are currently more than 100,000 vacancies in the sector - a figure which some warn may rise after Brexit.

BMJ

Michael Farquhar: NHS staff are in a perfect position to be advocates for LGBT+ people when they most need it

Despite a quarter-century of major social and legal advances in the UK, LGBT+ people can still face significant challenges, particularly with respect to healthcare. Almost a quarter have witnessed NHS staff making negative remarks about LGBT+ people. One in eight report experiencing unequal treatment because of their sexuality or gender identity, and a quarter feel that their healthcare provider does not have a good understanding of specific health needs of LGBT+ people.

BMJ

Leadership is behaviour - not a title or position

In an NHS in which care is delivered by multidisciplinary teams that work within complex systems, those with the inclination to do so should be supported to switch interchangeably between the roles of leader and follower. We need good leadership at all levels of the NHS - it unlocks a multitude of opportunities to improve patient’s experiences and outcomes.

Digital Health

NHS England launches campaign to encourage people to apply for IT jobs

NHS England has unveiled a new advertising campaign which is encouraging people to apply for IT jobs. The advert features the slogan “We are IT. We are Support. We are recruiting now”. Jo Watts, global digital exemplar programme manager at the trust, said: “We are delighted to be able to showcase some of our staff and developments across the trust in this recruitment campaign for IT and support workers across the NHS.

Guardian

Brexit gridlock could force Kent NHS staff to sleep in hospitals

NHS trust exploring possibility of workers staying overnight if no deal leads to chaos on roads. Health service staff in Kent may have to sleep in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes if a no-deal Brexit ends up causing traffic chaos across the county, NHS board papers reveal. Kent Community Health NHS trust is exploring the option of personnel staying overnight in its premises as part of its contingency planning for the UK’s departure from the EU on 29 March.

Health Foundation

A critical moment: NHS staffing trends, retention and attrition

This report highlights that NHS staff numbers are failing to keep pace with demand and that there is ongoing deterioration in workforce numbers in critical areas such as primary and community care, nursing and mental health.

Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute

Involving NHS staff in research

This report highlights the role of NHS staff in research and explores how the full potential of their involvement could be better realised. It also identifies some of the key reasons NHS staff get involved in research and looks at some of the barriers to active involvement.

National Health Executive

Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

Sam Ward, director of commissioned services at the Royal Voluntary Service, argues that the right training can help harness the power of volunteering in the NHS. Royal Voluntary Service has been supporting the NHS since it was created, offering comfort to patients and helping keep hospitals moving. We have over 6,000 volunteers supporting the NHS currently, and 14,000 more in the community.

National Health Executive

88-year-old NHS secretary become oldest ever person to win age discrimination case

Eileen Jolly was left “humiliated” and “degraded” after she was dismissed from Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading in January 2017 when she failed to upload details of cancer patients into a new electronic database.

Public Technology

Government launches £5m digital health fund for UK SMEs

Innovate UK has launched a competition to support new UK businesses in developing new digital health technologies. Supported by NICE, successful proposals will demonstrate that their project will help in one or more of the following areas: improving health and wellbeing, transforming care to improve quality, or controlling costs and enabling change.

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