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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

BBC News

Jeremy Hunt wants 5000 new training places

More than 5,000 new places on nursing training courses are to be created each year as part of government efforts to boost the NHS workforce in England. More current NHS staff would be able to retrain as nurses through a four-year apprenticeship at local hospitals.

Care Quality Commission

Freedom to Speak Up Guardian survey 2017: findings and recommendations

This report outlines the results of a survey of NHS whistleblowing guardians which aimed to understand how the role has been implemented, who is being appointed to the role and guardians' views on the Freedom to Speak Up initiative. The report makes ten recommendations for the development of the role as a result of the findings of the survey.

Heads up

Promoting the mental health of health services staff

The mental and physical health of health professionals in Australia is an ongoing concern within the health profession and broader community.

Health Affairs

Millennials almost twice as likely to be registered nurses as baby boomers were. Baby-boomer registered nurses (RNs), the largest segment of the RN workforce from 1981 to 2012, are now retiring

This would have led to nurse shortages but for the surprising embrace of the profession by millennials—who are entering the nurse workforce at nearly double the rate of the boomers.

Health Education England

New guides provide routes to clinical academic careers

Two guides to support healthcare professionals to develop clinical academic careers are launched.

Health Education England

A new film has been released highlighting the array of activities a general practice nurse can encounter in their working day

The short film is designed for pre-registration student nurses and those who may wish to transition into general practice from other areas.

House of Commons Library

Professional regulation in health and social care

This House of Commons Library briefing describes the main functions of the UK’s health and social care professional regulators and outlines some of the prominent debates surrounding this area of policy and the case for reform.


Rise in nurse training places

Jeremy Hunt will try to reverse a damaging crash in the number of applications for nurse training, with a promise of cash for fast-track courses.

NHS Employers

Improving staff retention: a guide for employers

Aimed at employers, the guide was developed from work which took place during 2016-17 where NHS Employers engaged a large number of NHS organisations to help equip them with tools and resources to shape and implement effective workforce retention plans.

Qualitative Health Research

Recognising and responding to the “toxic” work environment: worker safety, patient safety and abuse/neglect in nursing homes

This grounded theory study examined how the certified nursing assistant (CNA) understands and responds to bullying in the workplace. Findings highlight the relationship between worker and patient safety, and suggest worker safety outcomes may be an indicator of quality in nursing homes.

Queens Nursing Institute

Latest trends in district nurse student numbers announced

The report indicates that the increase in District Nurse student numbers seen in recent years has slowed down. Given the numbers who retire from the service annually, the QNI is concerned that this will represent a major challenge to current and future recruitment efforts to District Nursing teams.

Queen’s Nursing Institute

New standards for general practice nurses

The QNI and QNI Scotland launched new Voluntary Standards for senior General Practice Nurses (GPNs) at the QNI conference in London.


Safe and Effective Staffing: Nursing Against the Odds

This report recommends that health and care providers must examine whether they have enough nursing staff to provide safe patient care this winter.

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