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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


U-turn as ministers reconsider financial aid for student nurses

Ministers may reintroduce financial incentives to attract people into nursing to help the NHS tackle its serious and worsening lack of nurses. The health service in England’s shortage has spiralled to 40,000 vacancies since bursaries were abolished for would-be nurses and replaced with student loans in 2015.

King’s Fund

Inclusive leadership

Tracie Jolliff, Director of Inclusion at the NHS Leadership Academy, explains how inclusive leadership and cultures require personal dedication to change, as well as support and oversight at an organisational level.


Effects of E-Learning in a Continuing Education Context on Nursing Care

E-learning is rapidly growing as an alternative way of delivering education in nursing. This study systematically summarize the qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding the effects of e-learning on nursing care among nurses in a continuing education context.

NHS Digital

NHS Digital launches staff campaign to boost cyber security in the workplace

NHS staff are being given support and advice to improve cyber security across the system. The Keep I.T. Confidential campaign aims to educate staff across the NHS on the direct impact of data and cyber security on patient safety and care. It improves knowledge of data and cyber security practices which can be adopted in their everyday work, to embed a culture of cyber security throughout the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement

We are the NHS campaign shines light on nursing

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched the next phase of ‘We are the NHS’. The campaign aims to increase the number of people considering a career in nursing and support those currently working as NHS nurses by shining a light on the incredible work they do, and their contribution to delivering The NHS Long Term Plan and NHS People Plan, released earlier this year.

Nursing Notes

NHS calls for clarity on who is accountable for the nursing workforce

Following ongoing pressure from nursing unions, NHS England and NHS Improvement have called on the Government to clarify who is accountable for the nursing workforce and the chronic problems it’s currently facing.

Nursing Notes

New hospitals are useless ‘without the staff to operate them’

The Government claims the new investment will allow the NHS to build “world-class facilities for patients and staff for the long term”, however healthcare leaders have warned that the additional funding is not enough. Experts have highlighted that the promised investments fail to address the issue of chronic underinvestment in the health services workforce.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Less than full time training: the trainee perspective

This report found that: doctors who worked LTFT were overburdened by administrative duties, proportionally more than full-time colleagues; two-thirds of trainees are considering LTFT training in the future; too few trainees are involved in working pattern planning; LTFT training is expensive; and there is not enough information about working LTFT.

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