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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

Department of Health

Government to extend protections for NHS whistleblowers

New plans will prohibit discrimination against whistleblowers when they apply for jobs with NHS employers. The plans also strengthen the legal recourse whistleblowers can access if they believe they have been discriminated against because they appear to have blown the whistle - with appropriate remedies if their complaint is upheld.

General Medical Council

Adapting for the future: a plan for improving the flexibility of UK postgraduate medical training

Following a review of medical training, the GMC have responded to recommendations that greater flexibility in training paths for doctors is required.


Record number of EU citizens quit working in NHS last year

NHS Digital figures reveal a record number of EU nationals left the health service last year, renewing figures that Brexit could trigger a staffing crisis. A total of 17,197 staff left in 2016, including nurses and doctors, compared with 13,321 in 2015.

NHS Digital

NHS workforce

Report shows change in NHS workforce over time.

NHS England

Workforce race equality standard (WRES): revised technical guidance

NHS England has updated WRES technical guidance for 2017.

NHS Employers

NHS women on boards: 50:50 by 2020

This report, written by Professor Ruth Sealy of the University of Exeter Business School, examines the steps the NHS needs to take to reach the target of equal gender representation on boards by 2020.

NHS Employers

Inclusive leadership in the HHS

Listen to our second podcast on inclusive leadership in the NHS. In this episode we explore the practical side of inclusive leadership with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT).

NIHR Signal

Nurses and pharmacists can prescribe as effectively as doctors

Prescribing by suitably-trained pharmacists and nurses offers similar outcomes to prescribing by doctors, at least in the management of chronic conditions. This Cochrane review pooled clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction across 45 studies of nurse or pharmacist prescribing compared with doctor prescribing.

NHS England

‘Nurse First’ to attract the best and brightest graduates to nursing

Chief Nursing Officer for England, Professor Jane Cummings, has announced a new fast track ‘Nurse First’ programme to attract high achieving graduates into a career in nursing. The NHS in 2020 will be treating increasing numbers of people and caring for an ageing population with more complex needs and so attracting and keeping staff will become even more important.

RAND Corporation

Workplace wellbeing charter: analysis of take-up and impact

RAND were asked to assess the implementation and take up of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter which was developed by Public Health England. The charter aimed to support employers in delivering evidence-based workplace health improvement activities. The study found that the charter contributed to staff wellbeing but that improved data monitoring was required to effectively evaluate the progress of the charter.


Key NHS roles still go to men

The RCN has welcomed evidence of growing gender equality on NHS trust boards but says there much more to do to achieve a better balance. A report by NHS Employers shows 85% of chief nurses on trust boards in England are women but only a third of non-executive directors are female.


EU nurses turn away from NHS

An RCN Freedom of Information request has shown a significant drop in the number of EU nurses coming to work in the UK since the Brexit vote.


Mature students decide against nursing

The sharp drop in older students applying for nursing courses should cause the Government and Health Education England great concern, the RCN has said.

Skills for Health

Integration and the development of the workforce

This working paper reveals how integration of the fields of health and social care will require organisations to break down traditional barriers in how care is provided. It details how workforce development plays a crucial role in successful integration. Please note that free registration is required in order to download this publication.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Building the future social care workforce: a scoping study into workforce readiness, recruitment and progression in the social care sector

This report presents the findings of a scoping study into workforce readiness, recruitment and progression in the social care sector, with a specific focus on East London.

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