Workforce and Training

NHS race equality improving, but ‘hard work still ahead’

14.12.17: Race equality in the NHS workforce has improved over the past year, but officials agree that there is still a lot more to be done. NHS England’s Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) shows that the number of senior staff within the...

Workforce strategy: DH has ‘turned on all the taps’, but can still do more

13.12.17: Health Education England (HEE) has released a draft of its 10-year workforce strategy which is looking to create a long-term staffing plan for the first time in almost 25 years. The strategy describes the current state of the NHS...

Developing a wellness workforce

13.12.17: The entire health and care sector needs to come together to prepare for a shift towards health creation, writes Merron Simpson, chief executive of the New NHS Alliance. The health workforce is under extreme pressure, the causes of which are...

The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

13.12.17: Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), argues that the evidence of the importance of prioritising safe staffing numbers in the UK is both compelling and urgent. When I speak to RCN members...

GPs cannot be open every night and every weekend, warns RCGP

12.12.17: London is to become the first area to offer patients improved access to GP services, NHS England has announced this week. The scheme, included in NHS England’s GP Forward View, will enable over nine million Londoners to access out of hour...

Lord Kerslake quits as trust chair in protest against NHS underfunding

11.12.17: Lord Kerslake has resigned as the chairman of a major hospital trust in London in protest against historic underfunding in the NHS. The respected figure resigned from his post at King’s College Hospital NHS FT yesterday, saying that cuts...

Nurses and midwives call for fair pay as Hunt commences pay round

07.12.17: Health secretary Jeremy Hunt today sent a letter to the NHS Pay Review Body, starting the 2018-19 pay round process for staff. The announcement has been greeted speculatively by both the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Royal College...

HEE launches 10-point investment plan to support trainee returners

30.11.17: Health Education England (HEE) has announced 10 commitments designed to bring about “real improvements” to the return-to-training process for trainee doctors who have taken time out of their jobs. The new investment plan, reveal...

No such thing as a staff exodus in the NHS, argues health minister

29.11.17: Health minister Philip Dunne has hit back at claims that the NHS nursing workforce is suffering a mass exodus as a result of Brexit and the fading attractiveness of the profession. Speaking during a Health Select Committee inquiry into the...

Decision on possible fixed nurse-to-patient ratios expected next year

29.11.17: The government is expected to conclude whether it is clinically appropriate to define specific nurse-to-patient ratios across different activities in the new year, health minister Philip Dunne has revealed. Speaking at a Health Select Commi...

The equality equation that doesn’t add up

29.11.17: There’s a theory that innovation springs from embracing and valuing our differences, so why do we sometimes behave as though diversity of thought and experience is an unwelcome visitor? The NHS Leadership Academy’s Tracie Jolliff exp...

Negative attitudes put majority of medical students off general practice

28.11.17: Over three-quarters of medical students report hearing negative comments about general practice, the RCGP has claimed. The royal college and the Medical Schools Council’s (MSC’s) report, ‘Destination GP,’ is based on a s...

Senior doctors forced to work beyond hours to deliver vital training

27.11.17: Around a third of trainers are unable to fulfil their role of delivering training to junior doctors, a stark survey by the GMC has found. In its ‘Training environments 2017’ report, the GMC claims that job plans do not allow senior...

Mortimer: Waterproofing the NHS workforce

22.11.17: With the NHS facing worker shortages, tight budgets and major recruitment issues, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, explains how organisations can go about retaining talented staff. Workforce shortages within the NHS have lo...

GP numbers drop by 1,000 over the last year as pressure and cash concerns rise

21.11.17: GP numbers have fallen by around 1,200 in the last year despite the government’s pledge in 2015 to bring in another 5,000 practitioners. Official figures from NHS Digital show a 3.5% fall since September 2016 – from 34,495 full...

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Winter pressures mounting as A&E attendances creep up by 4.4%

14/12/2017Winter pressures mounting as A&E attendances creep up by 4.4%

NHS England’s latest figures show that although the health service is responding well to growing pressure, it is close to “full stretch... more >
Kent trust appoints NHSI director as new chief executive

14/12/2017Kent trust appoints NHSI director as new chief executive

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells (MTW) NHS Trust has appointed Miles Scott as its new chief executive. Scott joins the trust from his position ... more >
CCGs must move towards strategic commissioning to improve local care

14/12/2017CCGs must move towards strategic commissioning to improve local care

CCGs in the UK should move towards strategic commissioning if the healthcare system is to embrace a move toward integrated local care, claims a n... more >

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25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital e... read more >

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The Refugee Doctor Initiative

The Refugee Doctor Initiative

Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mut... more > more last word articles >

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Ten lessons to support new care models locally

29/11/2017Ten lessons to support new care models locally

Anna Starling, policy fellow at the Health Foundation, offers the top 10 lessons for local leaders seeking to make systematic improvements across services, all based on first-hand accounts from vanguard officials. Redesigning health and social care services across traditional boundaries is not easy. Making change in complex environments, ... more >
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Strategic investment planning

13/12/2017Strategic investment planning

Paul Turton, head of solutions development at NHS Supply Chain, looks at how trusts can unlock investment in medical equipment to alleviate finan... more >
A fight worth fighting

13/12/2017A fight worth fighting

Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), laments the current lack of public understanding about severe me... more >
Developing a wellness workforce

13/12/2017Developing a wellness workforce

The entire health and care sector needs to come together to prepare for a shift towards health creation, writes Merron Simpson, chief executive o... more >
The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

13/12/2017The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), argues that the evidence of the importance of prioriti... more >

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Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >
Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

25/09/2017Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >

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