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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


NHS staff asked views on assurances over treatment of whistle-blowers

The views of NHS staff are being sought as part of a consultation on plans to address how whistle-blowers are treated. Holyrood’s Health and Sport Committee raised concerns last year, as part of its inquiry into how NHS staff are managed, that the current arrangements for whistle-blowers are not adequately robust.

BBC News

NHS turns to Mumsnet to fill nurse vacancies

The NHS in England will turn to Mumsnet to help recruit nurses as part of a package of measures to fill vacancies in the health service. NHS bosses see the online parenting chatroom and website as a crucial partner to entice nurses who have left the profession, to rejoin it. It is one of a number of steps unveiled in the interim People Plan. The report sets the ambition of recruiting an extra 40,000 nurses over the next five years.

BBC News

NHS staff shortage: How many doctors and nurses come from abroad?

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) will soon begin a major campaign to recruit health workers from other countries to meet growing staff shortages. Reports suggest a strategy has been drawn up to target a number of countries around the world, including poorer nations outside Europe.

Centre for Mental Health

Strengthening the frontline

Primary care has a crucial role to play in suicide prevention. Strengthening the frontline explored the role of GP services in helping people who are at risk of suicide, reviewing the evidence about what GPs and their colleagues could do to help save lives among people with suicidal feelings.


Plan to hire thousands of foreign nurses for NHS is axed

Target was politically difficult for a government committed to reducing net migration. A controversial target of hiring 5,000 foreign nurses a year for at least 15 years has been cut from a flagship plan to deal with the NHS’s staffing crisis, the Observer understands. The move will frustrate health chiefs, who are desperate for a clear strategy to reduce NHS staffing pressures, which are expected to worsen.

Health Foundation

What happens when you make nursing a more attractive profession?

Professor Linda Aiken explains how the US tackled its nursing shortage, letting nurses provide high quality care while delivering better nurse satisfaction and retention.


What do patients really think about NHS staff?

By analysing comments – a staggering 29 million words – people left online about the national health service, Paul Baker discovered how everyone from surgeons to receptionists are viewed. Using computer software to detect the most common uses of language, and then analysing certain types of comment in detail, they spent three years working on the data.

NHS Improvement

Interim NHS People Plan

This interim plan, developed collaboratively with national leaders and partners, sets a vision for how people working in the NHS will be supported to deliver care and identifies the actions that NHS England will take to help them.

Nuffield Trust

The NHS workforce in numbers

Despite the huge scale of its labour force, it is increasingly apparent that the NHS doesn’t have enough staff to meet demand. This explainer lays out the facts – in so far as the existing data allow – on size and structure of the current NHS workforce. It highlights the extent of current shortages and their effect, and outline some of the workforce pressures that lie ahead.


Outstanding models of district nursing

This report, written in conjunction with the Royal College of Nursing, calls for urgent investment in district nursing, as new figures show the number of district nurses working in the NHS has dropped by almost 43 per cent in England in the past 10 years. It explores all the elements that need to be in place to support an outstanding district nursing service.

Royal College of General Practitioners

Fit for the future: a vision for general practice

This report outlines the RCGP's vision for the future of general practice, which is informed through consultation with GPs, health professionals and patients, alongside research commissioned from The King's Fund. It makes the case for longer face-to-face GP consultation times and a wider skill-mix within general practice.


Hundreds of NHS staff endured bullying and harassment at work

Hundreds of health staff have endured bullying and harassment at NHS Highland, a review into working conditions has found. And the Scottish Government was accused of “dithering” over its response after it emerged ministerial officials were aware of the situation two years ago. Staff experienced “fear, intimidation and inappropriate behaviour at work”, according to the review headed by John Sturrock QC.

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