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Exclusive: Review set to probe standard of nurse training

A major review of nurse training in England will be launched next month to help push up standards of patient care, Health Service Journal can reveal.

Jackie Smith

Exclusive: NMC to get new legal powers to re-open cases after Mid Staffs

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to be granted new powers by the government to allow it to re-open closed fitness to practise cases, HSJ can reveal.

Blurred hospital corridor with three figures in it

Review reveals failings by nursing regulator in Mid Staffs cases

The Nursing and Midwifery Council failed to properly investigate 17 former nurses at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust according to an audit by the Professional Standards Authority.

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Exclusive: 'Cost neutral' Francis policy has cost £2.5m

More than £2.5m is being spent piloting a government scheme to make aspiring student nurses work as healthcare assistants for a year before university courses

Moore: Nursing directors should 'over-recruit' by 10pc

Hospital managers should “over-recruit” nursing staff by 10 per cent in order to ensure the best quality care for patients, according to a former nurse who now leads one of the UK’s leading acute trusts.

Third of trusts in breach of sharps rules

A third of hospital trusts in England are failing to comply with safety regulations designed to reduce the risk of needlestick injuries to nurses and other frontline staff, according to latest research.

Better training urged to help victims of domestic violence

NICE calls for training to help victims of domestic violence

Nurses, social workers, health services and the organisations they work with must be better trained to understand domestic violence and help those experiencing it, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence has said.


Nurse workload 'linked to death rates'

Nursing cutbacks are directly linked to higher patient death rates in hospitals, a major study has found.

Dean Royles director, NHS Employers, and chair of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

Exclusive: Employers chief moots end to pay restraint

The head of NHS Employers has used an HSJ article to call for a debate about how to ensure a “smooth exit” from the era of health service pay restraint and possibly introduce a “living wage”.

Stafford Hospital

Exclusive: Mid Staffs nurses launch High Court appeal over ban

Two former Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust nurses who were struck off for altering altering accident and emergency waiting times are to launch a High Court bid to overturn their ban.

Robert Francis

Impact of culture change revealed one year after Francis

Staff wellbeing and organisational culture are being taken more seriously


Midwife shortage 'truly worrying'

The safety of pregnant women and their babies may be put at risk by a lack of NHS funding and a national shortage of 2,300 midwives, MPs have said.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust

Kirkup indicates secrecy on Morecambe Bay probe

The chair of the independent inquiry into failings at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust has indicated no witness evidence will be released until his final report is published.


Sudden rise in nurse workforce

The number of nurses working for acute trusts has risen dramatically in the past two months, suggesting a significant response to the Francis report’s criticism of low staffing levels.

Five hundred staff face redundancy from NHS Direct

Hundreds of members of staff at a failed provider to the troubled NHS 111 helpline have been told they face losing their jobs.


Mental health nurses to be based in police centres

Mental health nurses are to be based at some of England’s police stations and courts as part of a new pilot scheme.


Analysed: England's national workforce plan

The growing and contracting staff groups are revealed in Health Education England’s proposal to allocate the NHS’s £5bn education and training budget

Elderly man in wheelchair with smiling healthcare worker

Hospital chief to chair nurse staffing group

Nursing academics who led research which found patients were at risk if nurse to patient ratios fell below one to eight have been commissioned to conduct a government backed review of the evidence on nurse staffing, HSJ has learned.

Ian Cumming

Workforce plan promises 9pc rise in nurse training places

The first ever national workforce plan for the NHS has been approved this afternoon by Health Education England, promising a 9 per cent increase in the number of training places for nurses.

Royal Courts of Justice

Judge acts to stop Mid Staffs nurse leaving NMC register

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.

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