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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

NHS vacancies a 'national emergency'

The shortage of NHS staff in England has started worsening again, official figures show. One in 11 posts is vacant with the situation particularly bad among the nursing workforce. Experts described the situation as at risk of becoming a "national emergency" given the rising demands on the NHS.

BBC News

Millions spent hiring NI nurses from Scottish agency

Northern Ireland's five health trusts spent almost £12m hiring staff through a Scottish nursing agency in the past financial year. The total cost for 2017/18 represents a threefold increase in the space of three years.

Digital Health

Hancock launches platform to give NHS staff a voice

The health and social care secretary has launched a new digital platform which aims to give those working in health and care influence over national policy. TalkHealthandCare – launched by Matt Hancock on 10 September – will allow England’s 3.1 million health and care staff to post ideas, questions and challenges for government.

Evening Times

Safe NHS staffing bill ‘will not achieve objective’, MSPs told

A panel of expert witnesses told Holyrood’s Health Committee they had serious concerns about the Scottish Government’s Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill. The legislation will mean NHS boards and care services are legally required to have appropriate numbers of trained staff in place.


From Brexit to the birth rate: why midwives are leaving the NHS – and causing a crisis

Almost 3,000 midwives ended their careers in England last year, and only 2,000 came out of university to replace them. Vacancy levels are set to keep rising, so why do the numbers no longer add up?

Health Foundation

One in four student nurses drop out of their degrees before graduation

A quarter of all student nurses are dropping out of their degrees before graduation, according to a new investigation, adding to concerns around falling NHS staff numbers. With the health service struggling with a shortage of nurses - estimated at 40,000 vacant posts in England alone - the issue of nursing student attrition has never been more pressing.


Graduate management trainees to work in urgent and emergency care

NHS graduate management trainees will be placed in urgent and emergency care systems for the first time as part of a new pilot, NHS leaders announced today. The collaboration between NHS Improvement and the NHS Leadership Academy will see four graduates placed into ambulance trusts and emergency departments across the North West and Yorkshire and Humber this month.

King’s Fund

Developing NHS trust chief executives – where do chairs fit in?

The future of the NHS inevitably rests partly on having great leaders. Scarily, the average tenure of NHS trust chief executives is four years, with just over half (51 per cent) in their first role. The job is hugely challenging and, as you will know, if you ask any chief executive what concerns them, you will have a very long conversation. But what should chief executives expect from their chair?

NHS England

Kate Granger Awards recognise inspirational healthcare staff and volunteers spanning 70 years of the NHS

A nurse who started training in 1948 is among the inspirational people and teams receiving special recognition for their dedicated services to the NHS spanning seven decades. This year’s Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards were given to individuals, teams and organisations who demonstrate outstanding care for their patients.

NHS England

Re-igniting pride in nursing and midwifery

Christie Watson, a former paediatric nurse of 20 years, tells NHS England why she wrote her first non-fiction book ‘The Language of Kindness’ and how she believes the perceptions of nursing and midwifery need to start changing for the better.

NHS Improvement

Quarterly performance of the NHS provider sector: quarter 1 2018/19

The start of the financial year saw frontline staff cope with record A&E attendances, high bed occupancy levels and improved discharge rates. The sector ended the quarter £814 million in deficit – £22m better than planned at the beginning of the year but £78m worse than the same quarter last year.

RCN Scotland

It’s time for change. Ask for more

RCN Scotland has launched a public campaign to ask for more for nursing so that patients receive safe, high quality care. The campaign comes as the latest NHS Scotland workforce data published by ISD shows the extent of nursing shortages across Scotland’s NHS. In May, the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament. The ‘Ask for more’ campaign will run throughout the autumn, as Members of the Scottish Parliament undertake their initial work on the Bill.

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