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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

BMC Health Services Research

A systematic review of team-building interventions in non-acute healthcare settings

Healthcare is increasingly delivered in a team-based format emphasizing interdisciplinary coordination. This study aimed to systematically review the evidence base for team-building interventions in non-acute settings (e.g. primary care or rehabilitation clinics).

Department of Health and Social Care

Facing the facts, shaping the future: adult social care workforce consultation

This joint consultation, run in partnership with Skills for Care, seeks views and evidence on the actions that could be taken to address a number of workforce challenges specific to the adult social care sector. The consultation will close on 9 April 2018.

Department of Health, Northern Ireland

Standards for Nursing Assistants and associated resources

Healthcare assistants in Northern Ireland are to be known in future as nursing assistants. The new title of nursing assistant has been introduced in recognition of the role of support staff within the overall nursing workforce.

Department of Health NI

Launch of district nursing framework

The District Nursing Framework 2018 – 2026 paves the way for developing a world class service that is innovative, collaborative and transformed, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, no matter where the patient lives. This was the key message from the District Nursing Conference held on 27 February 2018 at Mossley Mill.


Nursing associates: will they become a cheap substitute for nurses?

This article explores the training and education of new nursing associates and their future role within health teams.

NHS Digital

Statistics show change in NHS workforce over time

The number of full time staff working in the NHS in England has increased by 1.5% (17,900) since 2016, according to figures released by NHS Digital. At 30 September 2017, there were 1.21m full time staff working for the NHS in England, compared to 1.20 million at the same point in 2016.

NHS Digital

Statistics show change in NHS workforce over time

The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE)3 staff working in the NHS in England has increased by 1.5 per cent (17,900) since 2016.

NHS Employers

Seventh edition of the Gold Guide published

The Gold Guide is a reference guide for postgraduate specialty training in the UK. It is now available, and replaces all previous versions with immediate effect.

NHS Employers

Updated guidance for improving the safety of lone workers

The NHS Staff Council’s Health Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) has produced updated guidance on improving safety for lone workers.

NHS England

England’s top nurse announces major new recruitment and retention campaign

NHS England’s Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Jane Cummings, has announced a new recruitment and retention campaign as part of plans to mark the NHS’s landmark 70th year.

Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council

Career pathway for nursing and midwifery

Visit Northern Ireland’s career pathway website for nurses and midwives to see recent updates.

Nuffield Trust

Temporary nursing: better information needed

A new blog from Louise Taylor looks back at her recent shift as a bank nurse – giving her views on the benefits and risks of using temporary staff, and what policy-makers should do next. More research is needed to explore how safety and continuity can be protected.

SAGE Open Nursing

Reducing Annual Hospital and Registered Nurse Staff Turnover

Employee turnover is a key metric and performance indicator when evaluating the fiscal and operational effectiveness of any health-care facility. This paper draws on the experiences of a US hospital that developed an intervention that reduced the hospital’s “severe turnover of hospital and nursing staff”.


Nursing Now campaign launched

Nurses and midwives make up half of the health workforce. They have a critical role to play in helping achieve universal health coverage. The Nursing Now campaign aims to empower and support nurses in meeting 21st century health challenges.

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