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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

Care Quality Commission

Effective staffing

A new resource is now available on CQC’s website which explores the approaches taken by a range of health and social care providers to make effective use of their staff.

Evening Standard

More nurses from EU leaving NHS than are joining, figures reveal

The number of European nurses leaving the NHS continues to outpace the number attracted from the Continent, figures revealed today. A total of 3,675 nurses and health visitors quit NHS hospitals and community health services in the year to March, while 2,375 joined, according to NHS Digital.


NHS consultants can refer patients to private hospitals in which they have a stake

A report says 371 consultants own shares in private healthcare, exposing a potential conflict of interest. Almost 400 NHS consultants own shares in private hospitals to which they refer patients, exposing them to a potential conflict between their income and patients’ best interests, new research reveals.

Health Foundation

Educational partnerships with the third sector: a model to address NHS workforce challenges?

More staff, new roles and additional training – catalysts for education innovation.

International Council of Nurses

International Council of Nurses adds new content and updates the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP)

The updates aim to make the ICNP even more relevant to nursing practice in the digital age.

International Council of Nurses

Keynote address by WHO Chief Nursing Officer Elizabeth

“Take your chair to the table. Be a part of decision-making within your country.”


District nurses are the hidden heroes of the NHS – so why are they being cut?

Liz Alderton’s day is a complex choreography of motion. As a district nurse in greater London, she leads a team of 18 nurses and four healthcare assistants. She teaches students, supervises trainees and works closely with 10 to 12 GP practices. She coordinates with pharmacists, hospice and care home staff and carers who go into patients’ homes.

King’s Fund

Life in the shadow of the snowy white peaks: race inequalities in the NHS workforce

What is it really like to work in the NHS as a black, Asian or minority ethnic member of staff? Shilpa Ross explores some early findings from The King’s Fund’s research into race inequalities in the health service.

King’s Fund

Superheroes, diabetes and the secret to a happy workforce

A podcast about big ideas in health and care.


National review launched to probe rates NHS pays for nursing in care homes

The government is considering instructing the NHS to pay more to private firms running care homes. Experts warn the system is close to collapse as care home firms say they cannot afford to continue on per-resident council rates. Those who can pay for their own care now subsidise council-funded residents and as a result, care homes are closing in less well-off areas.

NHS Employers

New job profiles from the NHS Staff Council

Download updated job profiles for professional manager, solicitor and theatre nurse/practitioner, which have been added following a review by the NHS Staff Council.

NHS England

NHS is out for Pride

Ahead of London Pride today (Saturday) the NHS has confirmed that more than 200 hospitals are launching dedicated schemes that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) communities.


And the winner is... Meet the RCN Nurse of the Year and all our award category winners

Taurai Matare has been named RCN Nurse of the Year 2019 for her innovative work in transforming her unit, its care pathways and workforce over 14 years. The matron for ophthalmology at Whipps Cross University Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, received the accolade at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019 awards in London on Wednesday 3 July.

Wales Online

'Doctors and nurses are struck off when things go wrong - now the same needs to happen to NHS managers'

Plaid Cymru has called for a new regulatory body to be set up with the power to strike off or discipline managers. Plaid Cymru's Helen Mary Jones AM will today propose a new bill calling for the establishment a professional body which can impose sanctions against managers for poor performance.

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