The suspension of safe staffing guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has left almost three quarters of nurses worried that patient safety will suffer, a UK-wide survey has revealed.
The NHS should allow local discretion on nurse staffing levels but trusts will be expected to report against outcome measures to support patient care, according to an NHS Improvement director.
Liver transplant operations at one of the country’s flagship teaching hospitals have been cancelled because of a shortage of critical care nurses, HSJ can reveal.
Using independent medical examiners to review deaths in England and Wales could lead to thousands more inquests amid concerns there are not enough pathologists willing to do post mortems.
A nationwide shortage of nurses has been driven by a desire from the government to save money, according to a damning report.
RCN warns of danger of new role substituting nurses Subscription
The Royal College of Nursing has warned that the proposed new nursing associate role must not be used as a substitute for registered nurses.
All NHS staff to get 1 per cent pay riseSubscription
All NHS staff will receive a 1 per cent pay rise in 2016-17 after the Department of Health accepted the latest pay review body recommendations.
The Carter review’s care hours metric for NHS hospitals is “too blunt a tool” and could be “meaningless” for workforce planning, according to the peer who led his own review of the nursing workforce for Health Education England.
The new nursing associate role should not be used by NHS trusts as a substitute for registered nurses, according to Health Education England’s director of nursing.
NHS staff survey: more staff working extra hoursSubscription
The percentage of NHS staff reporting that they are working extra hours has reached a five year high according to the NHS staff survey results published on Tuesday.
Women should be given their own budgets to spend on their maternity care, a national review has said, as part of a series of recommendations to increase the proportion of births outside of hospital settings.
A replacement for do not attempt resuscitation orders is to be rolled out in the NHS despite concerns it could add to confusion among doctors and lead to fewer conversations between clinicians and dying patients or their families.
The ability of recruitment agencies to find nurses and doctors to fill gaps in hospital shifts has worsened since the introduction of hourly pay caps, HSJ has been told.
New research into staffing levels within NHS hospitals has suggested a link between a higher proportion of healthcare assistants versus registered nurses employed by trusts and a rise in patient mortality.
NAO: NHS workforce plans driven by saving cashSubscription
NHS trusts’ workforce predictions are driven by the imperative to save money rather than clinical need according to the National Audit Office which has estimated a gap of 50,000 clinical staff in the NHS.
A new headline staffing metric proposed by Lord Carter – which will mix nurse and healthcare assistant numbers – could result in hospitals reducing nursing to unsafe levels, workforce experts have told HSJ.
Health Education England would “have almost certainly” commissioned more adult nurse training places if it had not been subject to funding cuts by the Treasury, its chief executive Ian Cumming has told HSJ.
Almost 5 per cent of England’s nursing workforce are due to undergo revalidation in the first quarter of 2016-17, official papers reveal.
New data suggests agency price cap is workingSubscription
The number of NHS shifts by agency staff that breached the new pay caps fell by two-fifths in the first six weeks of the policy, data obtained by HSJ suggests.
Carter to back new measure of nurse productivitySubscription
Lord Carter’s review of NHS productivity is to recommend that a new metric – “care hours per patient day” – should become the principal measure of hospitals’ use of nurses and healthcare assistants from April, HSJ has learned.
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