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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 Health

EU nurses

There has been a sharp drop in nurses registering to work in the UK since the EU referendum, figures suggest.

BBC News

Nursing and midwifery vacancy rates at record high

Nursing leaders are warning the NHS in Scotland has "too few nurses" after vacancies rose to record levels. Latest figures show the nursing and midwifery vacancy rate stands at 4.5% - the highest ever reported. The RCN said the current situation with unfilled posts threatened patient care.

BMC Health Services Research

Moderating effects of coping on work stress and job performance for nurses in tertiary hospitals (China)

Work stress is a major problem for nurses and it can negatively influence job performance. Therefore, it is critical to explore variables that can reduce or buffer the negative effects of work stress. This study explores the moderating effects of coping strategies on the relationship between work stress and job performance for nurses in China.

Effective Workplace Culture in Health and Social Care

What’s in a name? Leadership and us

Shaun Cardiff considers leadership and its meaning in contemporary health care, and the connections between effective workplace culture and facilitation.


96% drop in EU nurses registering to work in Britain since Brexit vote

The number of nurses from the EU registering to work in the UK has dropped by 96% less than a year after the Brexit vote, official figures show. Last July, 1,304 EU nurses came to work in the UK; this fell to just 46 in April, Nursery and Midwifery Council (NMC) statistics show.

Guardian Health

‘I shunned studying medicine to become a nurse. Here’s why’.

Unlike doctors, nurses spend extended periods of time with patients, building a relationship founded on trust, Read a nurses account of their experience.


Majority of GPs ready to close lists in workload protest

More than half of GPs are ready to participate in a mass closure of patient lists to highlight the crisis facing general practice, a GPonline poll suggests.

Health & Care Professions Council

Returning to practice

This guidance aims to help people who have taken a break from practice, or are considering doing so, to understand the requirements for coming back on to the HCPC register. It helps to ensure that registrants who have been out of practice for more than two years, and wish to return, update their knowledge and skills in order to resume safe and effective practice.

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales

Local supervising authority annual report

To ensure safe and effective midwifery practice, the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) was required, by the Nursing and Midwifery Order (2001) to maintain a register of qualified midwives and establish rules and standards of proficiency.

NHS Employers

Trustworthy collaboration

This report explores the challenges of building trust across health systems, in the context of the 50 vanguard sites tasked with delivering transformational change through new care models. Three vanguards sites feature as case studies in the report.

NHS Employers

Response to DH consultation on protected disclosure regulations

Read the response to the Department of Health's recent consultation on draft regulations which prevent employers discriminating against individuals who have made a protected disclosure.

NHS England

Operational note: London attack NHS England update

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England and Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director for NHS England, issued a joint statement.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Radical overhaul of nursing education

A new education consultation has been launched giving patients, the public and healthcare professionals the opportunity to shape the future of nursing.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Consultation on education changes for prescribing and medicines management

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has launched a consultation on proposals that would potentially lead to nurses and midwives being able to prescribe much earlier in their careers.

Public Health England

Health and work- infographics

A series of infographics intended to help raise awareness and understanding of the relationship between health and work.

Primary Care Commissioning

Managing change and transformation

Change is a fact of organisational life and is something everyone has to deal with. Yet deciding what changes to make, winning support for new initiatives and delivering on expectations are still major managerial challenges. In a world where the NHS and health and care organisations face uncertain futures, how can you positively impact the future of your own organisation?


Nurses’ health and well being

Nurses have been told to shape up so they are fit enough to do their job and to set an example to patients, in new standards from their regulator

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