Workforce and Training

Mackey hails ‘tremendous’ effort as trusts slash £1bn off agency staff bill

01.03.17: Major agency controls across the health service have so far succeeded in saving £1bn since they were introduced in October 2015, latest NHS Improvement (NHSI) figures show – but spending for locums remains excessively high, with the...

Murphy steps down as Patients Association CEO

01.03.17: The CEO of the Patients Association (PA) Katherine Murphy, who wrote for the most recent issue of NHE, is set to relinquish her role after nine years leading the organisation. Having previously had a successful career in nursing, Murphy joi...

Anecdotal snapshot of GP frontline sheds light on ‘shocking’ working conditions

28.02.17: An Royal College of Physicians (RCP) publication released today collating the first-hand experiences of NHS staff on the primary care frontline aims to publicise the everyday difficulties staff face with keeping the NHS working under waning budg...

RCN backs potential law change to protect health staff from violent assault

27.02.17: The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has backed a potential change to the law that is being debated in Parliament today to protect hospital workers from assault, arguing that it would act as a “powerful deterrent” to staff being target...

Almost half of EU workforce considering leaving UK, BMA reveals

23.02.17: Almost half of the NHS’s EU workforce is considering leaving the UK, whilst over 50% don’t think the government does enough for international doctors, a survey conducted by the BMA has found. A total of 42% of doctors surveyed s...

Steep variance in CQC staff engagement means there is ‘still much to learn’

22.02.17: Every employee directorate in the CQC has reported a wide discrepancy between the top and lower performing teams, with the organisation’s hospital staff recording the most stark variance at a 40% difference, papers for a board meeting toda...

Welsh government unveils £95m to support healthcare training and education

20.02.17: A package of £95m has been announced today to support a range of education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales. The funding has been put in place to support nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers and a range...

Time to value ambulance staff

20.02.17: Alan Lofthouse, Unison's national ambulance officer, discusses the need for policymakers to address the rising rate of ambulance staff leaving the NHS and show them they really are valued as part of the health team. No one wants to be in a...

A collaborative approach to tackling agency

20.02.17: Jim Forsyth and Jane Goodall from Hertfordshire NHS Procurement explain how a cross-regional approach has allowed six trusts to tackle agency spend. Lord Carter's review into productivity within hospitals across England unsurprisingly urged...

European NHS staff ‘frightened and anxious’ over Brexit uncertainty

16.02.17: Uncertainty over the UK’s exit from the European Union is causing “serious instability” within the NHS workforce, a leading official from the BMA has warned. Speaking at a conference organised by the Westminster Health For...

Doctors press for urgent action as workforce suffering winter morale crisis

14.02.17: The surgeon workforce has been feeling the impact of widespread winter pressures on the NHS this financial year, with more than half of surveyed staff listing low morale as the main issue they face at work. A survey conducted by Ipsos MORI...

Final crackdown on conflicts of interest with tightened rules on gifts and hospitality

13.02.17: From 1 June this year, senior NHS staff will have to declare any gift over £50, refuse any hospitality more expensive than £75, seek prior permission to engage in outside employment, and make clear any shares they might hold in compa...

Driving quality improvement in healthy workplaces

13.02.17: Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the work the organisation is doing around quality s...

BMA praises ‘vital and tangible improvements’ in new GP contract

08.02.17: GPs and NHS negotiators have praised changes to the General Medical Services contract in England for 2017-18, with both sides agreeing that the new contract will alleviate pressure on overstretched doctors. The new contract for GPs, amounti...

Nursing ‘in jeopardy’ after 23% fall in university applications

02.02.17: Nurses have expressed their fears after figures revealed a worrying drop in the number of students applying to start health and social care courses in the next academic year. Data published by the University and Colleges Admissions Service...

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Mackey hails ‘tremendous’ effort as trusts slash £1bn off agency staff bill

01/03/2017Mackey hails ‘tremendous’ effort as trusts slash £1bn off agency staff bill

Major agency controls across the health service have so far succeeded in saving £1bn since they were introduced in October 2015, latest NHS... more >
Major NHS ambition to shift to community care ‘elusive’ without extra cash

01/03/2017Major NHS ambition to shift to community care ‘elusive’ without extra cash

A report released today by the Nuffield Trust has revealed that STPs are working towards “undeliverable expectations”, warning that S... more >
Murphy steps down as Patients Association CEO

01/03/2017Murphy steps down as Patients Association CEO

The CEO of the Patients Association (PA) Katherine Murphy, who wrote for the most recent issue of NHE, is set to relinquish her role after nine y... more >

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07/02/2017Handling the pressure

Although NHS trusts have been feeling the pressure this winter, as demand on A&E services continues to rise and the financial challenge deepens, it is worth noting and applauding the professionalism, determination and resilience of the workforce in still delivering world-class healthcare.  However, as you’ll read throughout... read more >

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Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

While many countries across Europe struggle to deal with a rising demand for mental health services, Finland is successfully improving service provision via a new online portal. Professor Grigori... more > more last word articles >

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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers around the 2012 death of his teenage daughter, Averil, whilst in the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT. Here, he writes about the importance of communication and co-... more >
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Transforming community care

23/02/2017Transforming community care

Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office ... more >
Maximising the value of public engagement

20/02/2017Maximising the value of public engagement

Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely t... more >
Time to value ambulance staff

20/02/2017Time to value ambulance staff

Alan Lofthouse, Unison's national ambulance officer, discusses the need for policymakers to address the rising rate of ambulance staff leaving th... more >
Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

20/02/2017Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. ... more >

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Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >
Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

07/07/2016Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

NHE’s David Stevenson talks to Dame Fiona Caldicott following her much-awaited Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. In the f... more >

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