A High Court judge has granted a last minute injunction to stop former Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust chief nurse Jan Harry from leaving the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.
The publication of the first national plan for the health workforce has been delayed by Health Education England as discussions with the Department of Health over its budget allocation continue.
The Professional Standards Authority is to review the Nursing and Midwifery Council and General Medical Council’s handling of alleged misconduct cases relating to Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust staff, HSJ has discovered.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s decision to caution former Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust chief nurse Jan Harry is being challenged in the High Court on the grounds it is “unduly lenient”.
Health Education England is to take a lead in managing the national supply of the NHS workforce, starting with a major campaign to tackle a crisis in nursing numbers, HSJ has been told.
The national nursing strategy for England has “recharged pride”, following the spate of negative publicity that has been aimed at nurses in recent years, according to the chief nursing officer.
Some acute hospitals provide a third less nursing care per occupied bed day than their peers, HSJ analysis suggests.
The number of nurses actively choosing to leave their profession has jumped just over a quarter since the coalition government came into power, it has emerged.
Allocating named or key nurses to individual patients is not to be made mandatory, the government response to the Francis report has said.
Three of the NHS’s most senior nurses have spoken out against the introduction of minimum staffing levels as the profession becomes increasingly divided over the issue ahead of the government’s response to the Francis report.
NHS providers should recruit more staff if their current workforce plans do not take account of staff training and unplanned leave, new government backed guidance is set to say.
The prime minister’s nursing advisory group has called for the introduction of a minimum staffing level – placing it in direct opposition to government policy.
Hospital boards will be ordered to review and publish nurse staffing levels at least twice a year as part of the government’s full response to the Francis report, HSJ has discovered.
Directors of nursing who fail to ensure their hospitals have adequate numbers of nurses could find themselves facing fitness to practise panels, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has warned.
A former chief nurse at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital has received a five year caution after being found guilty of exposing patients to danger.
The chair of the British Medical Association’s GP committee has called for practices to “form network arrangements” and share staff to provide extended opening services and a “stronger community-based provision of care”.
A third of nursing directors believe they regularly have too few nurses to ensure safe staffing levels on their wards, a survey of some of England’s most senior nurses suggests.
Just 4 per cent of recruits to a nursing leadership course set up at the request of the prime minister are from a non-white background, HSJ’s sister title Nursing Times has learnt.
A nurse and hospital chief executive has been appointed national clinical director for rural and remote care by NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh.
Hospitals are trying to increase the number of nurses and healthcare assistants working on their wards in a trend being attributed to a growing focus on patient safety in the wake of the Francis report.
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