Workforce and Training

Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

28.04.17: The Department of Health (DH) have been told to put contingency plans in place to prepare for the effect that Brexit could have on the health and social care sector. In a report drawn up by the health committee, the department was urged to...

Unison: NHS staff charged ‘extortionate’ rates to park at hospitals

27.04.17: Hospitals are charging staff, including nurses struggling with low wages, huge rates of nearly £100 a month to park, an FoI sent by Unison has revealed. The union asked 199 trusts in England, Scotland and Wales how much staff were cha...

NHS England has made ‘no progress’ on increasing GP numbers, says PAC

27.04.17: There has been “no progress” made by NHS England on increasing the number of GPs despite NHS England targets to train 5,000 more doctors by 2020, MPs have today warned. In its ‘Access to General Practice: progress review&r...

Unions get behind Labour pledges to NHS staff

26.04.17: Unions have today backed the Labour party after it pledged to axe the 1% NHS pay cap as well as reversing cuts to student bursaries. Speaking at Unison’s Health Conference today, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will promise...

BMA criticises ‘patchy and inadequate’ progress of GP Forward View

24.04.17: The BMA has criticised NHS England for a “patchy” first year of delivery of the GP Forward View, saying that though funds have started getting through to practices, too often money has been delayed and distributed unevenly to practic...

Stevens: Much left to do as BME staff still more likely to be bullied at work

19.04.17: Staff from a BME background are still significantly more likely to experience discrimination at work from colleagues and their managers, NHS England’s second annual report into racial equality has shown. The Workforce Race Equality St...

GPs call for urgent action to stop mass ‘haemorrhaging’ of doctor numbers

12.04.17: GPs have called for the NHS to take urgent action to stop a wave of doctors leaving the profession in the next five years, it was today announced. A survey conducted by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has raised significant concerns that...

Pilots revealed for new surgical training programme

10.04.17: The 19 pilot sites for the new Improving Surgical Training (IST) project have been named in anticipation of trials starting in the UK by August 2018. The sites have been picked from eight Schools of Surgery and Training Boards across the co...

Keogh to leave NHS England at end of the year

06.04.17: Sir Bruce Keogh will step down as NHS England’s medical director at the end of the year after 10 years in the role, it was today revealed. He is relinquishing his position to take up a new role as chair of Birmingham Women’s and...

FYFV Update workforce pledges ‘critical’ to fix staff shortages

04.04.17: The NHS will look to tackle serious problems with understaffing and high patient demand by training 15,000 GPs between 2015 and 2020 and increasing the number of nurses by up to 2,200 more per year in 2019, NHS England confirmed in its Five Year...

Why training and development has an important role to play in NHS finance

04.04.17: Paul Briddock, director of policy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), discusses the benefits of training and development in NHS finance for health professionals. The news agenda has been awash with headlines about the...

NHSI pauses changes to stop full-time staff also taking agency work

03.04.17: Rules to prevent staff working full-time for the NHS also taking additional shifts from agencies will be paused by NHS Improvement (NHSI) following pressure from health organisations. The news was confirmed in a letter from NHSI chief execu...

GMC promises more flexible training for doctors in new strategy

03.04.17: The General Medical Council (GMC) has today unveiled a new plan that aims to improve education paths for doctors by moving away from rigid training and allowing trainees more flexibility while they learn. Today’s news follows a review...

New STP partnerships given raft of flexibilities in exchange for robust governance

31.03.17: All NHS organisations will form part of a sustainability and transformation partnership – the apparent new name for STPs – from April this year in order to ensure a basic governance and implementation “support chassis”, w...

RCGP: Drop in GP numbers a ‘huge blow’ to Forward View

30.03.17: Figures released by NHS Digital that reveal a drop in the number of GPs over the last year are a “huge blow,” to ambitions to grow the NHS’s workforce, two doctors’ unions have today warned. In the data, it was revea...

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Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

28/04/2017Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up by David Cameron to pay for medicine for over 100,000 people was not good value for money, despite costing the... more >
Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

28/04/2017Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

The Department of Health (DH) have been told to put contingency plans in place to prepare for the effect that Brexit could have on the health and... more >
STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

28/04/2017STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, arguing that they are unconvinced... more >

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24)... read more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Dep... more > more last word articles >

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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >

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Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >
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 >

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