The latest news on staffing and workforce issues
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.
Department of Health
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
Following a review of medical training, the GMC have responded to recommendations that greater flexibility in training paths for doctors is required.
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.
Report shows change in NHS workforce over time.
NHS England has updated WRES technical guidance for 2017.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.