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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

BMC Nursing

The impact of occupational stress on nurses’ caring behaviors and their health related quality of life

Nursing is perceived as a strenuous job. This study aimed to investigate and explore the correlation amidst occupational stress, caring behaviors and their quality of life in association to health.

Department of Health

NHS pension scheme: consultation on introducing a scheme administration levy

This consultation, which closes on 9 January 2017, seeks views on introducing an administration levy that employers who participate in the NHS pension scheme will be obliged to pay. The consultation document presents the levy proposal and draft legislation.

Department of Health

NHS bursary reform and nurse education

Updated information about the proposed reform of the NHS bursary system and a new route into nursing.


Nurse faces tribunal over Pauline Cafferkey temperature reading

A nurse who was lauded by the government as one of Britain’s heroes of the Ebola epidemic is facing a disciplinary tribunal, accused of concealing the high temperature of her colleague Pauline Cafferkey, who developed Ebola on her return from Sierra Leone.


Lack of NHS radiologists 'could cause delays to breast cancer diagnoses'

Women may suffer a delay in finding out that they have breast cancer because the NHS is struggling with a serious and worsening lack of radiologists and radiographers, according to health experts. There are fears that the NHS’s breast cancer screening programme will not be able to cope with the growing numbers of women who will require mammograms in coming years when the age of eligibility is extended from 50-70 to 43-73.

Health Education England

By choice - not by chance: supporting medical students towards future careers in general practice

This report investigates how general practice is taught in medical schools and makes recommendations for HEE and other key partners. It emphasises the need to tackle long held views about general practice which is often perceived as a less valued career and that change is key to making sure that the future GP workforce is assured.

NHS Employers

Improving staff engagement through the workforce development strategy

This case study from Kettering General Hospitals shares their experiences of how they've improved their staff engagement levels through the implementation of a workforce development strategy. The strategy focuses on eight key objectives and is based on findings from the NHS Staff Survey and is aligned to the trust's wider five year organisational strategy.

NHS Employers

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust: gaining Workplace Wellbeing Charter accreditation

This case study shares Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust experience of gaining the Workplace Wellbeing Charter accreditation. The charter helped the trust identify if their wellbeing offer had any gaps and also make improvements. It also provided an opportunity to celebrate the success of initiatives that were working well.

NHS Employers

NHS England takes new steps to improve learning disability employment

As Mencap’s Learning Disability Work Experience Week kicks off, the number of NHS organisations pledging to employ more people with learning disabilities has hit 100, with NHS England calling on more trusts and hospitals to join the growing list.

NHS Health Education England

Report calls for action to improve the student experience of general practice in medical schools

A system-wide approach is needed to change the perception of the learning environment in medical schools to encourage more students to choose a career in general practice says a new report published today. The report ‘ By choice – not by chance’ looks at students’ experiences whilst at medical school and shines the spotlight on the need to tackle long held views about general practice which is often perceived as a less valued career. Change is key to making sure we have the GP workforce required to meet service and patient demands for the future.

Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System

General practitioner recruitment and retention: an evidence synthesis

This report presents an evidence synthesis on GP recruitment, retention and re-employment. It finds that overall the published evidence focuses primarily on attracting GPs to rural areas. However the literature does provide some useful insights to factors that may support the development of specific strategies for the recruitment and retention of GPs.

Public Health England

NHS breast screening programme: national radiographic workforce survey 2016

This report summarises the findings of the national radiographic survey of English breast screening services, conducted in April and May 2016. This report analyses the staffing, vacancy rates, retirements, training routes and attitudes of radiographic staff towards workforce issues.

Public Health England

Public health skills and knowledge framework (PHSKF): presenting a revised framework and exploring the development of a digital platform

This report provides an update on the review of the PHSKF and the skills passport. It takes into account feedback from the home nations relating to the national context for workforce development and sets out the next steps for a digital service, which can help to support the framework.

Skills for Care

The adult social care sector and workforce

These nine regional reports and infographics use data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care and gives a picture of the adult social care workforce across England.

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