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Nursing

Nurse

Suspension of NICE staffing guidance sparks safety fears among nursesSubscription

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.

Ruth May

NHS Improvement to allow local power over nurse staffing levelsSubscription

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.

Leeds General Infirmary

Transplants axed and wards closed amid trust’s nurse shortageSubscription

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.

Xray

Medical examiners could lead to thousands more inquestsSubscription

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.

Group of clinical professionals talking

'Desire to save money' caused NHS nursing shortage says damning reportSubscription

A nationwide shortage of nurses has been driven by a desire from the government to save money, according to a damning report.

Janet Davies

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.

Purse

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.

Lord Willis

Lord Willis criticises ‘meaningless’ Carter staffing metricSubscription

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.

Nurse

Health Education England defends new nursing associate roleSubscription

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.

Workforce

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.

Mother and baby

Women should control maternity care budgets, review saysSubscription

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.

Hospital bed

New end of life care plans could leave decisions ‘hidden’ from familiesSubscription

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.

Hospital staff rushing with patient

Staff agencies struggle to meet NHS demand following pay capSubscription

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.

Healthcare assistant

Higher number of HCAs linked with increased mortality, says studySubscription

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.

Workforce

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.

Workforce

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.

Ian Cumming

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.

Nurse

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.

Agency nurses

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.

Nurses

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.