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

BMC Medical Education

Nursing students’ knowledge, attitude, self-efficacy in blended learning of cardiopulmonary resuscitation

In this monocentric study, a blended learning CPR program that integrated videos and face to face lecture was found effective in improving nursing students’ knowledge and attitudes regarding CPR.


I’m a nurse, and here’s how to attract more of us to the NHS

Molly Case, a nurse and author of How to Treat People: A Nurse at Work, suggests that instead of making claims about 50,000 new recruits, politicians should ask frontline staff where the funding should go.


NHS winter crisis fears grow after thousands of EU staff quit

More than 10,000 EU nationals have left the NHS since the Brexit referendum, including almost 5,000 nurses. These new figures will add fuel to concerns about a wider staffing crisis.

Health Foundation

Health Foundation response to NHS Vacancy Statistics for England

The incoming government must ensure migration policy is not a barrier to recruiting nurses from abroad.

Health Foundation

Support staff and nurses from abroad plugging shortages in NHS workforce

New analysis by the Health Foundation shows that the health service is increasingly having to rely on less-skilled clinical support staff to fill gaps in services when there aren’t enough nurses.

Health Foundation

Existing evidence shows that immigration makes a positive contribution to the UK health service

Health Foundation statement on the impact of immigration on the NHS.

Health Foundation

Falling short: the NHS workforce challenge

This report analyses the changes in the size and composition of the NHS workforce in England in the context of long-term trends, policy priorities and future projected need. It focuses specifically on the NHS workforce issues that have been identified in recent years: nursing shortages, and shortages of staff in general practice and primary care.

Ipsos MORI

Trust in professions survey

Nursing is the most trusted profession in the UK for the fourth year in a row, the annual Ipsos MORI survey has revealed. Of 1,020 British adults surveyed, 95% said they trusted nurses to tell the truth. This is up by 2% from 2016, the first year nurses appeared on the list and were placed first.

NHS Employers

Addressing your gender pay gap: a guide for employers

NHS Employers and the Health and Care Women Leaders Network have launched a practical guide to support NHS employers with their gender pay gaps. It aims to help employers: report their annual gender pay gap figures; understand how to address the challenges; and develop an action plan to tackle the gap.

NHS Employers

Updated right to work check standard

NHS Employers has updated our Right to Work check standard to make clearer the functionalities of the Home Office's online portal for right to work checks.

NHS Employers

Supporting employees experiencing domestic abuse

In this blog from Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, equality lead Orla Barron talks about the importance of supporting employees who are experiencing abuse, and highlights how organisations can develop an effective support scheme.


Update on industrial action

The NMC is aware that industrial action, including strike action, is planned over the coming weeks and months across a number of areas in the United Kingdom. Read the update.

Nursing in Practice

The truth about care home nursing

Care UK’s head of nursing Rachel Gilbert sets out to dispel the misconceptions surrounding care home nursing. “Many people have an outdated perception of care homes – including that they equate to task-orientated care and everyone falling asleep in the lounge in front of the TV. The truth is very different.”

Queen’s Nursing Institute

District nursing today: the view of district nurse team leaders in the UK

This report warns that the UK’s district nurse workforce is under threat due to long-term underinvestment in training, education and skills, which could pose a threat to patient safety. It reveals an evolving health care workforce crisis, set against rising demand for district nursing services across all UK regions.

Queen’s Nursing Institute

New Project to Boost Understanding of Community Nursing

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has launched a new international community nursing observatory (ICNO). This will have responsibility for analysing data and trends in the community nursing workforce data in greater depth. The ICNO will collate and analyse data about community and primary care nursing services at a regional, national and international level.

Queen’s Nursing Institute

Sharp Decline in District Nursing Workforce Poses Direct Threat to Patient Safety

The UK’s District Nurse workforce is under severe threat due to long-term underinvestment in training, education and skills, posing a direct threat to patient safety, warn the authors of a new, independent report, commissioned by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

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