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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

Pay cap pressure growing on government ministers

Civil servants have threatened strike action as pressure from public sector workers to lift the 1% pay cap grows. Meanwhile, nurses demonstrated outside Parliament over what they said amounted to a 14% cut in the last seven years.

Centre for Mental Health

The future of the mental health workforce

This report calls for reform of mental health services in order to develop a workforce that is able to meet people's needs in the future. The report describes commissioning of mental health services as in crisis with a diminishing workforce.


Enough is enough': nurses protest against pay cap outside Westminster

Around 2,000 nurses from all over the country congregated in Westminster on Wednesday at a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) protest against the policy that has led to a 14% real-terms cut in the wages of staff in England over the past seven years.


From the frontline. Workforce pressure in the NHS

This report found that, given current pressures, there are significant concerns about whether the workforce can continue delivering high quality care to people with cancer.

NHS Employers

Brexit FAQs

The government has confirmed that workers’ rights will be protected by The Repeal Bill, which will convert existing EU law into UK law. These FAQs look at the immigration implications of the UK’s exit from the EU for staff in the NHS.

NHS England

Nurses play vital role in improving lives of millions

In her keynote speech to Expo 2017, the Chief Nursing Officer for England outlined the integral role nurses will play in delivering the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, treating more complex care needs, delivering mental services in the community and closer to home.

NHS England

GP numbers set to receive major boost

NHS England is set to expand the GP workforce with the acceleration of an international recruitment programme, following a series of regional pilots. It will start to recruit around 600 overseas doctors into general practice in 2017/18.

Nuffield Trust

The professional and support workforce: one needs the other

In her blog, Candace Imison illustrates how different types of NHS staff working effectively together can deliver high-quality care.

Public Health England

Workplace health needs assessment

A health needs assessment can be a useful way to gather anonymous information about the health of a company’s workforce. This document provides advice for employers on workplace health and a tool for carrying out workplace health needs assessments.


Getting into shape: delivering a workforce for integrated care

This paper focuses on the structural barriers to delivering integrated care. It studies issues such as the medical labour market, devolved workforce planning and pay, and professional boundaries.

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