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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 Employers

Adele’s story

'Adele's story' was originally released during the 2016/17 NHS flu fighter campaign and follows Adele Joicey's moving story after her identical twins were born prematurely with breathing problems, following a complicated pregnancy.

Department of Health

NHS pension scheme: proposed changes to regulations 2018

The Department of Health is consulting on proposals to change NHS pension scheme regulations. The closing date for comments is 29 December 2017.


The NHS workforce is under more pressure than ever. But there is hope

"!f we really want to deliver the high quality patient care we all want in the NHS, we must change our approach to the workforce so that we have the right number of staff, with the right skills, in the right place."

King’s Fund

A productive workplace is built on teamwork and a shared vision

In a guest blog, Jane Collins considers how managers and clinicians can work together to improve productivity and reduce waste.

NHS Employers

Measuring up: your community and your workforce

The aim of this tool is to highlight groups in the local community that may be missing from the workforce, and it offers signposts to advice on how to better attract, recruit and retain from these groups in order to strengthen the workforce supply.

NHS Employers

Using mobile app technology to reduce agency spend

This case study describes how Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has significantly reduced their agency spend by developing an app that allows locums to easily self-roster.

NHS Employers

Staff 'be the change' for quality improvement

This case study looks at a trust has used innovative staff involvement techniques to help all staff improve the quality of patient care. Beginning as an initiative solely for medical staff engagement, it has now been adopted across the organisation.

NHS Employers

Health and wellbeing as part of the reward offer

This case study shows how using health and wellbeing as part of the reward offer to staff has had a positive impact on what staff think about working for the organisation as well as having led to a reduction in short-term absence.

NHS Providers

A better future for the NHS workforce

The NHS workforce provides healthcare, free at the point use, to over 55 million people in England. As pressure on services and staff mounts, a workforce gap has developed. A fresh approach to the workforce is needed.

NHS Providers

There for us: better future for the NHS workforce

This report warns that uncertainty over international recruitment is threatening safe, high-quality care for patients. It calls for urgent steps to ease intolerable pressures on front line staff, and to develop an NHS workforce fit to meet the growing and changing needs of the population.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Census 2017: workforce figures for consultants and specialty doctor psychiatrists

This report outlines the findings of this year's census of psychiatric workforce across the UK. It finds that there is an ongoing rise in the reported number of vacant or unfilled consultant posts across the UK and an increase in the use of locum specialty doctors.


Competences: an education and training competence framework for administering medicines intravenously to children and young people

This education and training competence framework for administering medicines intravenously to children and young people was first published in 2005. It has been revised in 2017 to reflect a number of current political and professional issues and initiatives.


Creating a Strategic Focus to Support the Prevention of Infection

This statement outlines the RCN’s position on priorities for action to support improvements in the preventing infection within health and care settings to accompany revision of the UK strategy on antimicrobial resistance.


Essential Practice for Infection Prevention and Control

This updated publication provides important information and guidance on the essential principles of infection prevention and control and highlights why other issues, such as nutrition and hydration, should be viewed as an essential complementary component of nursing practice


IPC. Information and learning resources for health care staff

This resource gives you guidance on how to search and find the relevant evidence-based information and guidance you may require to help keep your infection prevention knowledge and practice up-to-date.


Meeting and influencing your MP: a toolkit

This toolkit is designed as a practical guide to help you talk to your MP. It has all the information you need to contact them and prepare for a meeting, along with some top tips on developing the relationship.

Scottish Care

Independent Sector Nursing Data 2017

The care home sector warns of intolerable nursing shortages, with 31 per cent of posts vacant. The report depicts both the highlights and challenges of nursing in care homes in Scotland and illustrating the nurse recruitment and retention crisis currently being faced.

Welsh Government

Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act: Statutory guidance

This guidance has been produced in collaboration with NHS Wales, the Royal College of Nursing and other key partners. The Nurse Staffing Levels Act (Wales) places a duty on health boards and NHS Trusts to calculate and maintain nurse staffing levels in adult acute medical and surgical inpatient wards.

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