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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

NHS England staff must explain if they refuse to have flu jab

Health workers in England who refuse to take up the offer of a free flu jab will be asked to explain why they do not want to be vaccinated. The measures have been introduced in an effort to cut sickness rates and protect patients over winter.

BBC News

Jeane Freeman writes Brexit letter to EU NHS staff

Scotland's health secretary has written to EU staff working in the NHS calling on them to stay on in Scotland post-Brexit. Jeane Freeman's letter said it was an "unsettling time" but stressed "Scotland is absolutely your home". Scotland has about 235,000 EU nationals, with an estimated 26,000 working in health, social care and public administration.

Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

Leading as a junior doctor

This toolkit is designed to help junior doctors build, sustain and run their own local leadership and engagement structures. It includes a number of case studies which showcase good practice from across the country as well as some practical guides to help with the day-to-day management of these groups.


As a black nurse, I see the crushing racial inequality across the NHS. This has to stop.

Following analysis last week that showed black nurses are paid far less than their white colleagues, Donna Kinnair, acting chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing shares her experiences of working in the NHS and the barriers and prejudices in its system.


Black medics in NHS paid thousands less than white medics

Black doctors in the NHS are paid on average almost £10,000 a year less and black nurses £2,700 less than their white counterparts, the biggest study of earnings by ethnicity has found. The revelations, based on analysis of 750,000 staff salaries in the NHS in England, prompted claims of racial discrimination.

Health Service Journal

A quarter of a million staff opt out of NHS pension

A quarter of a million NHS workers opted out of the pension scheme over the past three years, with experts blaming a “punitive” government tax regime and the current cost of living, HSJ can reveal. An HSJ investigation found 245,561 people opted out of the scheme between 2015 and 2017, with 102,755.

House of Commons Education Committee

The apprenticeships ladder of opportunity: quality not quantity

“Too many apprentices are simply not getting the high-quality training they deserve and too many people, particularly the young and disadvantaged, are not being given the support they need to pursue an apprenticeship and get on in life.”

Huffington Post

School Nurse Numbers at Lowest Level in Almost a Decade

School nurses are at their lowest number in at least nine years, with staff quotas for schools in England down a quarter since 2010. The number of school nursing staff hit 2,248 in June – the lowest figure since at least 2009 – amid concerns over “massive financial pressures” on local councils who fund the service

King’s Fund Podcast

In conversation with Lord Victor Adebowale: leadership, inequality and diversity in the NHS

Does the NHS work for those who need it most? What does it really mean to lead a system? Helen McKenna sits down with Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point.


Plea to bring back NHS bursaries for nurses after massive drop in applications

A parliamentary petition calling for nursing bursaries to be reinstated in England after a huge drop in nursing applications has reached 13,000 signatures in a week. Since the Government axed bursaries in 2016, applications for nursing degrees have fallen by a third and student nursing numbers have dropped by 11%.

NHS England

NHS to prioritise doctors’ mental health

NHS chief Simon Stevens has announced a new mental health support scheme to cover all doctors working in the NHS. This builds on the success of NHS England’s nationally funded programme for GPs and trainees suffering from mental health issues that was launched in early 2017.


District nurses spend more time doing computer admin tasks than looking after patients, NHS chief says

District nurses now spend more time completing admin tasks than caring for the elderly and infirm, the head of the NHS has said. Addressing a conference of NHS managers, he quoted research showing that community clinicians now spend an average of 88 days a year undertaking administration, compared to 87 having direct contact with patients.

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