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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.


New staffing metric 'may lead to unsafe nursing levels'Subscription

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.

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HEE chief: Spending review cuts led to fewer nurse placesSubscription

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.


30,000 nurses due for revalidation in just three monthsSubscription

Almost 5 per cent of England’s nursing workforce are due to undergo revalidation in the first quarter of 2016-17, official papers reveal.

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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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NICE leak reaction: Trusts should use guidance says college presidentSubscription

All trusts should use the leaked NICE safe staffing guideline for accident and emergency to analyse their staffing levels and what action to take, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has said.

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Exclusive: NICE experts called for minimum staff ratios in leaked guidanceSubscription

Suppressed NICE safe staffing guidance for hospital emergency departments called for the NHS to implement minimum nurse ratios to ensure safe care, HSJ reveals today.


NICE leak: A&Es could be understaffed 'half of the time'Subscription

NHS accident and emergency departments in England may be understaffed as much as half the time and hospitals need to build a greater margin of safety into their nurse staffing plans, according to safe staffing guidance leaked to HSJ.

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NICE releases safe staffing evidence reviews to HSJSubscription

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has today released to HSJ four evidence documents on safe nurse staffing levels.

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New EU system aims to catch rogue cliniciansSubscription

A new European-wide warning system designed to prevent rogue healthcare professionals from being able to work undetected in health services will come into force on Monday.


Applications to study medicine down 11 per centSubscription

The number of applications to study medicine at university has fallen by 11 per cent between 2014 and 2015.

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'Francis effect' continues to push up nurse recruitmentSubscription

The NHS is continuing to recruit record levels of qualified nursing staff, according to the latest workforce data – but some groups such as district nursing have seen double digit falls.


Directors to review NICE chief's decision not to release staffing guidance Subscription

Two non-executive directors at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will meet tomorrow to review a decision by its chief executive not to release evidence on safe nurse staffing levels.


Health Education England reveals plan to deliver 80k additional NHS staffSubscription

More than 80,000 additional healthcare staff will be trained to work in the NHS over the next five years, according to newly published plans by Health Education England.

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Government confirms new 'nursing associate' roleSubscription

Up to 1,000 trainees will begin in a new “nursing associate” role in 2016 to bridge the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses, under government plans announced today.

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HSJ investigation calls for improved pay to cut agency spendingSubscription

NHS providers should enhance pay and rewards and offer flexible working hours to staff to tackle their rising spend on agency staff, HSJ’s Workforce Investigation has recommended.

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Stafford Hospital death review criticises 'closed NHS culture'Subscription

An independent investigation into the death of a three-year-old boy at Stafford Hospital in 2014 has called for a second inquest into his death and heavily criticised a “closed culture within the NHS”.

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Exclusive: NHS England U-turn over national midwifery auditSubscription

NHS England has reversed a decision to keep secret a national audit of midwifery investigations promising it will now publish the details.


Exclusive: HEE budget freeze will have 'consequences' for NHSSubscription

Health Education England’s chief executive has warned that a freeze in its underlying budget will have knock-on “consequences” for the NHS, including limiting funding to trusts for training placements.