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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

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Health and wellbeing at work

This is the nineteenth annual CIPD survey exploring trends and practices in health, wellbeing and absence management in UK workplaces. Overall, the findings reflect employers' growing recognition of their critical role in improving the health of the workforce. But the survey highlights some cause for concern, including an increase in stress-related absence and a lack of support for managers, who are increasingly expected to take responsibility for their team's wellbeing.

Department of Health and Social Care

GP contract directions 2019 to 2020

This page links to guidance setting out the legal framework under which GPs operate and are paid. The Primary Medical Services (Directed Enhanced Services) Directions 2019 sets out the legal framework under which enhanced services must be provided nationally.

Department of Health and Social Care

Employers’ motivations and practices: a study of the use of occupational health services

The Work and Health Unit has commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct qualitative research with employers to understand their motivations and practices when using occupational health (OH) support. Their report looks at: how employers use OH services; why employers use OH services as they do; and why engaged employers do not purchase OH services.

Health Education England

Workforce stress and the supportive organisation: a framework for improvement through reflection, curiosity and change

HEE commissioned the National Workforce Skills Development Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to develop a resource to get employers to rethink how they deal with workforce stress. The framework encourages employers to take a closer look at the systems they currently have in place for managing staff wellbeing, challenges them to give greater consideration to the impact workforce stress has on staff and look at the role they can play in providing better support to staff who may need it.

Health Education England

Consultation on the academy for advancing practice. HEE is consulting on different standards for the establishment of its new academy for advancing practice

The academy, which is being set up to standardise routes into advanced clinical practice (ACP), will recognise registered health and care practitioners who demonstrate the capabilities set out in the ACP or consultant practitioner framework. It will also take on responsibility for accrediting ACP education programmes. HEE is seeking views on the standards for education and training, standards for the equivalence route and the operating framework for the academy. The consultation is open until 22 April 2019.

National Institute for Health Research

Staffing on wards

The nature of patient needs and ward activity is changing. Inpatients tend to be more acutely unwell than they used to be, many with complex needs often arising from multiple long-term conditions. At the same time, hospitals face the challenges of a shortage and high turnover of registered nurses. This review presents recent evidence including studies on the number of staff needed, the support workforce and the organisation of care on the wards.

NHS Employers

The key to building a successful work-based learning culture

This infographic and accompanying dedicated web section aims to support employers with understanding the key elements that need to be in place to successfully enable a culture of work-based learning, such as when implementing apprenticeships.

NHS England

NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard: technical guidance

The NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard is designed to improve the workplace experience and career opportunities for disabled people working, or seeking employment, in the NHS. This technical guidance provides detailed information and advice to support the Standard which will apply to all NHS trusts and foundation trusts from 1 April 2019.

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