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MPs call for audit of health ombudsman investigations

An independent process to benchmark the quality of Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman investigations into NHS complaints should be established, MPs have said.

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NICE recommends minimum A&E nurse staffing ratios

Hospitals should ensure they meet minimum nurse to patient ratios in accident and emergency departments according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Sam Everington

HSJ leadership inquiry member knighted in new year's honours

Sam Everington, chair of Tower Hamlets CCG, is among a number of NHS managers, nurses and doctors included in the new year’s honours list

Woman doctor holding stethoscope up in the air

HSJ apologises for inaccurate nursing press release

HSJ would like to apologise for making an inaccurate claim in a press release issued last week, which resulted in a number of national publications running erroneous stories about the proportion of NHS nurses recruited from overseas.


New national advisory board to tackle workforce issues

A new national advisory board with a system-wide coordination role for workforce issues is to be created, the NHS planning guidance has revealed.

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Concern over projected fall in mental health nurse vacancies

A forecast reduction in the number of NHS mental health nursing jobs over the coming years could threaten the government’s ambition to achieve parity of esteem with physical health, Health Education England has claimed.

Nurse and patient

Exclusive: Staff shortage fuels recruitment of nearly 6,000 overseas nurses

A shortage of registered nurses to fill an increasing number of posts has driven nearly three-quarters of hospital trusts to recruit overseas, an HSJ investigation has revealed.

Student nurse and mentor

Exclusive: Workforce plan sets out second year of nursing growth

Nurse training places will increase for the second consecutive year, HSJ can reveal.

Woman and man talking business

One in three trusts have board level vacancies

One in three trusts have at least one vacancy or interim executive on their board, according to a King’s Fund report based on research by HSJ.

Lord Willis

Exclusive: Lord Willis reveals plans for the future of nurse education

NHS trusts could be required to provide far more formalised education and training for qualified nurses under radical proposals outlined to HSJ ahead of a major review next year.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt calls for more nurses in community services

The health secretary has called for a significant increase in community and primary care nursing posts as part of the drive to boost services outside of hospitals


Parliament gives 'zero harm' bill financial backing

The government has given financial backing to a bill that legislates for zero harm in the NHS and changes the way professional regulators determine fitness to practise.

Furness General Hospital, Barrow

Exclusive: Eight Morecambe Bay midwives face NMC action

Eight midwives who worked for the foundation trust at the centre of an inquiry into infant and maternal deaths could face disciplinary action


Guidance falls short on anti-bullying rules

New guidance that demands doctors and nurses are open about their mistakes does not include an explicit warning against staff obstructing or bullying their colleagues, sparking concern from campaigners.

Clinician using tablet

£35m of key technology funding withheld by DH

Over a third of the flagship £100m nursing technology fund has been held back, with the Department of Health declining to confirm a new date for its release


Hospital nursing posts dip for second month in a row

The numbers of nursing staff employed in NHS hospitals has dipped for the second month in a row for the first time since the start of the “Francis effect” on nurse recruitment

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Expanded roles envisaged for non-medical staff

The roles and responsibilities of non-medical NHS staff would be dramatically expanded under the five year forward view

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'Hostile' private provider ordered to pay whistleblowing nurse's costs

A private provider of nursing services across Britain must pay the legal costs of a whistleblowing nurse, according to a tribunal that described the firm as ‘unreasonably hostile’.

Liverpool seafront

Three trusts end Capita HR contracts

Trusts in London and Merseyside have ended their contracts with Capita for human resources and pay services

Nurses washing their hands

'Francis effect' stalls as nurse numbers fall

The rapid increase in registered nurses employed in the NHS has stopped, with numbers now falling for the first time this year

More on nursing

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Making research nurses feel part of the team

Get to the root of job dissatisfaction among specialist clinicians

Nurse and patient

Off the page: profiles improve person centred care

Pen portraits of patients and staff to build trust

Nurse and patient

Practice makes perfect: the benefits of mental health training

CCGs need to better organise nurse training

Nurse and older patient

Your top ideas: staffing and management

Staff training and compassion were big themes

Julie Moore

Julie Moore: words of advice to my younger self

Dame Julie shares her leadership experiences

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