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Mental health

Concerns NHS England safe staffing guide for mental health 'lacks rigour'

Experts have criticised NHS England’s latest safe staffing guidance on mental health inpatient care, raising concerns that the model used ‘lacks rigour’.

Student nurse and mentor

Call for student nurses to lose taxpayer grant funding

Academics have called for an ‘urgent’ overhaul of the funding system for training nurses and midwives.

Lecture hall

HEE to deliver 23,000 new nurses by 2019

More than 23,000 extra nurses will be trained over the next four years to help meet growing demand in the NHS, HSJ can reveal.

Hospital staff rushing with patient

Exclusive: Leaked NHS England study links nursing numbers and care quality

A leaked NHS England study has revealed a significant relationship between the number of nurses on duty in hospitals and 40 indicators of patient care and outcomes.

Suzanne Rastrick

Give AHPs more powers to unlock new care models, says NHS England official

Plans to give allied health professionals the ability to prescribe medicines without the input of a doctor will help the NHS develop new models of care, an NHS England official has said.

Nurses pushing hospital bed

Revealed: NICE safe staffing work cost £1m

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence spent nearly £1m on its work to develop nurse safe staffing guidelines for the NHS, HSJ has learned.

Jane Cummings

NICE safe staffing decision not about money, says chief nurse

NHS England chief nursing officer Jane Cummings has said the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will continue to be used for evidence reviews on safe staffing ‘where appropriate’.

Hospital staff rushing with patient

'Safe staffing' move took national nurses by surprise

Senior national and regional nursing leaders were taken by surprise by Simon Stevens’ announcement that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s work on safe staffing guidance was to be stopped, it has emerged.

Robert Francis

Francis criticises NHS England safe staffing intervention

Sir Robert Francis has expressed serious concerns over NHS England’s decision to suspend the work he recommended to determine safe staffing guidelines.


Exclusive: NICE suspends work on nurse staffing levels

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has suspended with immediate effect its work to determine safe staffing levels across the NHS, HSJ can reveal.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt to intervene on agency spending

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will today unveil plans to cap agency and management consultancy spending by NHS trusts.


Government considers cap on 'egregious' agency spend

A cap on the cost of agency staff supplied to NHS trusts is being explored by the Cabinet Office and Department of Health in an attempt to tackle the ballooning agency spend in the NHS, it has emerged.

Trainee nurses

Exclusive: Half of nurses at 'inadequate' trusts worried about staffing

More than half the nursing workforce at the eight hospital trusts rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission have said there are not enough staff for them to do their job.

7 day working

Exclusive: Trusts struggle to achieve weekend standards during weekdays

Hospitals in the East Midlands are struggling to meet new clinical standards for seven day services even during normal weekday hours, according to a region-wide analysis.

Blurred hospital corridor with three figures in it

Exclusive: Labour will not force universities to take extra student nurses

Universities and hospitals will not be forced to take extra nursing students this year under Labour’s plan to increase trainee numbers by 1,000, HSJ has been told.

Patient on trolley being wheeled through corridor

New safe staffing indicator revealed

A new safe staffing indicator for hospitals across England will be launched this summer, HSJ has learned.

Nurse treating patient

Exclusive: Four out of five hospitals miss own nurse staffing targets

More than four out of five acute hospitals in England are failing to meet their own targets for nurse staffing, HSJ analysis reveals.

NHS staff on picket line

Unison issues strike warning over unsocial hours pay

One of the largest NHS unions has issued a warning to the next government that it will ballot for strike action if ministers try to cut unsocial hours payments.

Nurse and mentor

'No improvement over safe staffing', nurse survey suggests

Almost two thirds of nursing staff who have experienced a ‘red flag’ event while working on an acute adult inpatient ward have failed to see nurse numbers immediately increased to deal with the situation, according to a major survey of NHS staffing levels.

Andrew Hutchinson

Exclusive: Concerns over nurse rapist raised five years ago

Concerns about a nurse convicted last month of raping and photographing unconscious patients at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford were raised more than five years ago, HSJ can reveal.

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