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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

BBC News

Mayor Andy Burnham in NHS staff tuition-fees-paid pledge

At the RCN opening ceremony Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has pledged that graduates who commit to the NHS in Greater Manchester would get their university tuition fees paid.

BBC News

Allow nurses with dementia to continue working

Nurses who have dementia should be supported to continue their work for as long as they are able. The decision was taken in a vote at the Royal College of Nursing's annual Congress in Liverpool.


Patients deserve best care

Only new laws can ensure this. Janet Davies, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the RCN talks about nurses who are leaving the profession in droves, and suggests that legislation would ensure proper staffing levels.

Health Foundation.

Election briefing: A sustainable workforce

This briefing considers what steps might be needed to make sure the NHS and social care in England have enough of the right people to deliver high quality care in the future.

King's Fund

Leading across the health and care system: lessons from experience

This paper offers those who are leading new systems of care some guidance on how to address the challenges they face. It is informed by the experience of people who have occupied system leadership roles and draws on case studies from our research and organisational development work.

King’s Fund

Caring to change

This paper looks at compassion as a core cultural value of the NHS and how compassionate leadership results in a working environment that encourages people to find new and improved ways of doing things.

NHS Employers

Reward in the NHS: good practice and innovation taking place across the NHS on reward

This report captures the themes, good practice, and innovation that have emerged from NHS Employers' Total Reward Engagement Network over the last year. It focuses on key elements of reward and how organisations are changing their approach to reward.

NHS Employers

The benefits of ID scanning

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been using identity scanning equipment and software for years to check the high numbers of staff who join the organisation each month.

NHS Employers

Nursing degree apprenticeship now available

The degree apprenticeship standard for a registered nurse is now available for delivery, providing an alternative training route for those looking for a career in nursing.

NHS Providers

Investing in success: NHS priorities for the new government

This briefing argues that politicians must address growing concerns over the NHS workforce and that the next government will need to work with NHS national bodies on a new long-term approach to workforce planning and pay.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

NMC and CNOs launch professionalism guide

This guide is aimed at all nurses and midwives and sets out what ‘professionalism’ can look like in everyday practice. It demonstrates how applying the values of the Code should be at the centre of all nursing and midwifery practice.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Revalidation quarterly report: year 1, quarter 4 – January to March 2017

This report comes at the end of the first year of revalidation and it demonstrates that revalidation has been successful, with over 48,000 nurses and midwives renewing their registration over 2016-17.


RCN Nurse of the Year 2017 announced

Melanie Davies from Wales has worked tirelessly to improve the care of people with learning disabilities in her hospital and health board.


RCN members honoured at Congress

The hard work and dedication of RCN members was recognised at the opening ceremony at RCN Congress in Liverpool.

Skills for Health

Healthcare apprenticeship standards online

This new online resource brings together all the apprenticeship standards that are commonly used in healthcare. It enables employers to keep up to date with standards and to respond to consultations on standards in development.

Queen's Nursing Institute

New funding for innovation projects in inclusion health

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has launched a new programme to fund nurse-led projects focused on improving homeless and inclusion healthcare

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