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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

BMC Nursing

School Nurses’ perspectives on the role of the school nurse in health education and health promotion in England

The role of the school nurse in England is very diverse and the school nurse role in health education is primarily to advise and support schools, rather than to directly deliver education. The study identified that tailored public health educational resources are needed to support school nurses.

Institute for Employment Studies

Beyond Brexit: assessing key risks to the nursing workforce in England

This paper analyses data at national and trust level to map the regions and NHS trusts in England who may be most vulnerable to the associated risks of Brexit and population growth. The analysis forecasts that areas with a high projected rate of population growth of over-85s and above average employment of nurses from the European Economic Area are most at risk of facing greater pressures in those health economies.

Marie Curie

Palliative care knowledge zone

This new earning zone introduces the knowledge and skills needed to provide high-quality end of life care. It is for generalist health and social care staff who don’t have specialist-level training in caring for people with a terminal illness and the issues associated with end of life care.

NHS Employers

Healthy workplaces for all ages

Kim Sunley, the staff-side chair of the NHS Staff Council Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) and senior employment relations adviser at the Royal College of Nursing, has written a blog about the importance of making the NHS a healthy workplace for all ages.

NHS The Edge

School for Health and Social Care Radicals (SHCR) virtual learning course

The School for Health and Care Radicals is a free five week virtual learning programme for change activists in health and social care. The School is entirely online, free, backed by the world’s largest health organisation: the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), and is a platform for radicals to learn together, using powerful, guided learning which also qualifies for Continuing Professional Development points.

NHS Scotland

Developing a 2030 Vision for Nursing – update

An update on NHS Scotland's 2030 Vision for Nursing.


Indemnity provision for IMUK midwives is 'inappropriate', says NMC

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced that it has decided that the indemnity scheme used by some independent midwives who are members of the organisation Independent Midwives UK (IMUK) is inappropriate.

Public Health England

Professional appraisal and revalidation: ensuring a high-quality professional public health workforce

This concordat describes the legal requirements for organisations who employ doctors, how PHE through the Office of the Responsible Officer delivers annual professional appraisal and medical revalidation and supports local authorities. It also outlines the expectations of support from local authorities in contributing to this process so that PHE can deliver its statutory Responsible Officer obligations.

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