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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

Student doctor numbers to rise by 25 per cent

The number of medical school places will increase by 25% from 2018 under plans to make England "self-sufficient" in training doctors. The government's plan will see an expansion in training places from 6,000 to 7,500 a year.

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. The aim was to investigate and explore the correlation amidst occupational stress, caring behaviors and their quality of life in association to health.

Department of Health

DH workforce information: 2016

Information on the workforce of the Department of Health and its agencies for 2016, including: staff headcount by grade; the number of agency workers; the number of specialist contractors and consultants and payroll staff costs.

Health Education England

Joint whistleblowing guidance

Health Education England and the British Medical Association have issued joint guidance on the new whistleblowing protection announced for doctors in training.

NHS Employers

Experiences from Freedom to Speak Up guardians - two new blogs

Read two new blogs from Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) guardians that highlight some of the practicalities and challenges of the role.

NHS Employers

Which staff engagement website?

In his latest blog, Steven Weeks, policy manager at NHS Employers gives his recommendations of the best UK staff engagement websites.

NHS Employers

New Capsticks podcast - Deborah Tarrant

Listen to the final episode in the Workforce of 2020 podcast series, recorded by NHS Employers for Capsticks HR Advisory Service. The episode covers HR strategies, rostering and quality of care for patients.

NHS England

NHS England announces major boost for general practice

NHS England is setting out the latest measures it is implementing to help general practice cope with increasing demand – boosting GP numbers and tackling burnout as part of the General Practice Forward View.

Queen’s Nursing Institute

Nursing heritage wall calendar 2017

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has brought history to life with its nursing heritage wall calendar 2017. The calendar celebrates the 130th anniversary of the foundation of the QNI in 1887 and the work of generations of Queen’s Nurses since that time.


Personal safety when working alone: guidance for members working in health and social care

This guide has been developed for RCN members who work alone. It also contains a checklist for RCN safety representatives who work on negotiating improvements to workplace safety for members and nurse managers who manage lone working staff.

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