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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

NHS Health Education England (HEE)

Nursing associate regulation - a statement

"Health Education England (HEE) has worked in collaboration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) since the Shape of Caring review first suggested the Nursing Associate role. The curriculum framework has been developed following wide-ranging consultation that the NMC has partnered. The NMC and HEE will continue to work closely together during the next two years to ensure that the trainee Nursing Associates within the 35 test sites have a smooth transition onto the register."

NHS Employers

Changes to apprenticeships: what employers need to know

The government has published rules and guidance that set out how levy paying employers can fund apprenticeships. This guide offers advice, hints and tips, as well as key information around the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and how to make the most of the changes which will come into effect from April 2017.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute

Major gift supports working and retired nurses

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charity set up to acknowledge the work of the voluntary organisations for which Her Majesty The Queen acts as Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.


Work in progress: towards a leaner, smarter public sector workforce

This report evaluates recent governments’ approaches to workforce design across the NHS, education, central and local government and the police. It argues that the current workforce is a legacy of past approaches and is built around siloed attitudes of past governments. The report makes the case for greater automation and user-centered service design in order to meet user expectations and improve outcomes.

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