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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

Care Quality Commission

Effective staffing

A new resource is now available on CQC’s website which explores the approaches taken by a range of health and social care providers to make effective use of their staff.

Department of Health and Social Care

£20 million funding to help 10,000 young people into NHS careers

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a £20m fund to support 10,000 young people from all backgrounds to get a career in the NHS. This will be matched by £7m from the Prince’s Trust. The three-year pre-employment programme will begin later this year and will involve up to 150 NHS trusts in England.

General Medical Council (GMC)

National training surveys 2019: initial findings report

More than 75,000 doctors in training and trainers took part in this year's GMC surveys. This initial findings report outlines the key trends across the UK.

NHS Employers

Changes to overseas registration process

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has been working towards a new, streamlined overseas registration process for nurses and midwives, launching at the end of September 2019.

NHS Employers

Annual allowance- a guide to options for affected staff

NHS Employers has released a new quick guide designed to help you raise awareness of the options available to members of the NHS Pension Scheme affected by the annual allowance.

NHS Employers

Improving menopause support for staff

Sherwood Forest Hospital Foundation Trust has developed and implemented a menopause strategy which has had a positive impact for staff working with the menopause.

NHS England

Social prescribing link workers

This guide is provided as additional information to help primary care networks (PCNs) introduce the new role of social prescribing link worker into their multi-disciplinary teams as part of the expansion to the primary care workforce introduced under the GP contract reforms.

Nuffield Trust

The NHS is in the middle of a nurse staffing crisis, with around 40,000 posts unfilled

In this blog, Claudia Leone discusses what actions the NHS could take to better manage recruitment and retention of EU nurses, arguing that “a tougher migration system, and a less valuable pound sterling, risk bringing more difficulty and lower rewards” as nurses consider the pros and cons of moving to England.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Shaping the future

The NMC is developing a new five-year strategy. They have been gathering the views of the public, professionals on their register, partners and colleagues, about the challenges facing nursing and midwifery, and the things they should be focusing on to become a better regulator.

Nursing in Practice

Nearly half of nurses and midwives struggle to find time for CPD

Nearly half (44%) of nurses and midwives find it difficult to find time to undertake the continued professional development (CPD) required by revalidation, according to an independent evaluation published by social research institute Ipsos MORI.

Queen’s Nursing Institute

The General Practice Nurse Education Network

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has been funded by NHS England to develop a network to support General Practice Nurses. This network is part of a number of initiatives arising from the General Practice Nursing Ten Point Plan.


The RCN has extended the indemnity scheme to protect members providing paid-for travel vaccinations

GP nursing staff providing paid-for travel vaccinations in England and Wales will now be protected by the RCN indemnity scheme.

Wales Online

Abuse in Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan hospitals is on the rise as almost 1,000 NHS staff are being physically assaulted every year

A total of 977 incidents of physical assault - mainly involving nurses, healthcare support workers or nursing assistants - were recorded by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in 2018-19.

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