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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

BPP University School of Nursing

Care staffing in the NHS: the good, the bad and the promising

The NHS is the biggest employer in England and the fifth biggest in the world, but it is struggling to recruit enough nurses and care staff. In 2018, BPP approached 220 NHS trusts in England. While it is clear that NHS trusts are having to deal with budgetary pressures and a skills shortage which may be exacerbated by Brexit, they are also facing significant changes to their traditional training models. This includes factors such as cuts to bursaries and the declining numbers of those applying for nursing degrees.

British Medical Association

Bullying and harassment: how to address it and create a supportive and inclusive culture

The causes of bullying and harassment and the influences on behaviour in the workplace are many and complex. The recommendations have been grouped into three areas which came up through the discussions we had with doctors and medical students: ending the silence; improving the resolution of problems; and creating a more supportive and inclusive culture.


White NHS doctors 'more likely to be promoted than minorities'

The NHS has been embroiled in a new racism controversy after it emerged that white doctors were much more likely than black or minority ethnic medics to be promoted to consultant level.


NHS bullying isn't just toxic for staff: it's costing billions

More than £2bn every year that could be used on patient care is draining away as a result of harassment in the health service. The Middlesex University has carried out the first-ever comprehensive assessment of the financial costs to the health service of bullying and harassment. It weighs up the cost of staff being sick, leaving their jobs, being less productive, working even when they are sick, and employment relations. The results should set alarm bells ringing in every trust.


Violence against NHS staff in England reaches five-year high

Violence against NHS staff has reached its highest level in five years, with one in seven health professionals attacked in the course of their work last year. Ambulance workers, nurses and doctors in A&E and mental health personnel have borne the brunt of the increase.

National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Brexit and the Health and Social Care Workforce in the UK

This report commissioned by the Cavendish Coalition warns England could be short of 51,000 nurses by the end of the Brexit transition period. The report offers a stark outlook for nurse recruitment, both domestically and internationally, over the next three years.

NHS Improvement

An improvement resource for the deployment of nursing associates in secondary care

The nursing associate role is a new one in England. It has been designed to bridge the skills gap between a healthcare support worker and a registered nurse. NHS Improvement want to hear views on this draft resource which has been written to advise NHS trusts and other provider organisations on how to safely deploy the nursing associate into the healthcare workforce. The consultation closes on 12 December 2018.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Nursing and midwifery numbers rising

The number of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK increased by almost 4,000 in the past twelve months. At the end of September there were 693,618 nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK – the highest September level in recent years.


Fund our future nurses

RCN student members have launched a campaign calling for the Government to prioritise funding for nursing higher education in England. The Fund Our Future campaign aims to get at least £1bn a year back into nursing higher education in England to help students struggling to make ends meet and stop the catastrophic fall in nurse numbers.

Scottish Government

Supporting the next generation of NHS staff

Student nursing and midwifery places will increase for the seventh consecutive year, reaching record levels, with the intake rising by 7.6% to more than 4,000. As announced by the First Minister in October, all eligible nursing and midwifery students across Scotland will benefit from an increased bursary in 2019/20, rising to £10,000 a year in 2020/21.


NHS forced to pay compensation to 1,200 staff worried they have been infected after needle prick

More than 1,200 NHS staff have won compensation after being injured by needles potentially infected with HIV or hepatitis over the past six years. Official figures reveal an “unacceptable” picture of widespread failures to dispose of needles safely, resulting in pay-outs of at least £4,077,441 since 2012.

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