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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 Online

Hospitals recruit managers faster than doctors and nurses

BBC analysis of NHS Digital figures reveal hospitals in England have recruited managers at a higher rate than doctors and nurses. Since 2013, an additional 3,600 managers started at NHS trusts compared with 8,300 more doctors and 7,000 more nurses.


Two-thirds of NHS healthcare assistants doing nurses' duties, union finds

Almost two-thirds of healthcare assistants (HCAs) are performing roles usually undertaken by nurses, such as giving patients drugs and dressing their wounds, in the latest illustration of the NHS’s staffing crisis.

Institute of Public Care

Workforce to Care Force: Who Cares?

This paper explores some questions about the future of the health and social care workforce, and discusses some of the changes in assumptions and practices that may be needed across the UK in the next few years.

NHS Employers

Retention from an organisational development perspective

How did University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust focus on staff retention? This case study features key learning points, discusses how the trust overcame certain challenges, and highlights a number of additional resources which may be useful for organisations seeking to address retention of the workforce.

NHS Employers

General Data Protection Regulation – FAQs

From 25 May 2018, all health organisations and arm's length bodies will need to demonstrate compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements. This document aims to help HR departments in the NHS ensure they are compliant.

NHS Employers

Restructuring management to enhance engagement

North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) shares how it has introduced a range of new initiatives to improve staff engagement levels. This publication includes insight and top tips which may be useful for organisations looking to improve staff engagement and internal culture.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Nursing associates: consultation on the regulation of a new profession

This consultation seeks views on NMC proposals for regulating the new nursing associate role created to bridge the gap between health care assistants and registered nurses in England. The proposals set out the NMC's approach to education, standards of proficiency and how the existing NMC code of conduct will apply to this role. This consultation closes on 2 July 2018.


New protections for health care staff to include sexual assault

A Bill to protect health care staff from violence has been extended to include sexual assaults following successful campaigning by the RCN. The Bill would mean increased protection for nursing staff in England and Wales.

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