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Simon Stevens

Stevens: Government needs to 'rethink' immigration policy for NHS

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has warned the UK needs to ‘better join the dots’ between immigration policy and the NHS.

Ian Cumming

Exclusive: ‘Flawed’ perceptions of GPs impact recruitment, warns HEE

Junior doctors and medical students are being put off training as GPs because of ‘fundamental flaws’ in how the profession is perceived, the chief executive of Health Education England has told HSJ.


Exclusive: Treasury could replace free nursing education to boost workforce

Ministers could end free university education for student nurses in a bid to boost the numbers joining the NHS workforce, under proposals put forward by national education bodies.

Royal Courts of Justice

Judge rules against forced life saving amputation for mentally ill man

A High Court judge has ruled that a mentally ill man with diabetes should not be forced to undergo a life-saving amputation by an NHS trust.

Simon Stevens

Stevens: 'Decisive action' needed to keep NHS in the black

The NHS will struggle to stay in the black this year unless ‘decisive action’ is taken to reduce the cost of temporary staffing, the NHS England chief executive has warned.

A health professionals hand steadying and elderly womans hand

Call for better end of life care training

NHS hospitals risk repeating mistakes during end of life care if they ask staff to rely on formal processes rather than focusing on patient outcomes, HSJ has been told.


Growth of nurse workforce slows as 'NHS finances bite'

The growth rate in NHS nurse numbers in England has halved this year compared to last year, with experts claiming the slowdown could mark a return to trusts prioritising budgets over safe staffing. 


Treasury says some workers could be denied 1pc pay rise

Unions reacted with anger today after the Treasury warned there should be ‘no expectation’ that every worker will receive a pay rise in line with the 1 per cent ceiling George Osborne set for public sector pay.  

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Thousands of mental health patients still detained in police cells

Almost 4,000 people detained under the Mental Health Act are still being forced to stay in police cells rather than a hospital, despite a 54 per cent fall over the last three years.

Royal College of Nursing

Nurses could 'walk away' from NHS over pay restraint

Nurses could ‘walk away’ from the NHS in the face of four more years of pay restraint, the new chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing has told HSJ.


National officials tell hospitals seven day service priorities

Hospitals have been told by national officials to focus on improving access to medical consultants and diagnostic services as part of efforts to improve care for NHS patients at weekends.


Trusts will be allowed to breach agency spending cap

NHS trusts will be allowed to breach a proposed cap on agency spending if they need to ensure wards are safely staffed, Monitor has said.

Foreign passport

Exclusive: NHS Employers lobbies Home Office over immigration rules

Nurses recruited from outside the EU are having their visa applications to work in the NHS rejected and new immigration rules are prompting some NHS nurses to resign, HSJ has been told.

Jane Cummings

NHS England to create safe staffing 'oversight' group

An advisory group including senior figures from across the health service is being created by NHS England to oversee future work on safe staffing guidance.

President Michael Higgins meeting Irish nurses in London

Ireland looks to tempt 500 nurses back home

Irish nurses and midwives working in the English NHS are being tempted to return home in a new campaign by the Irish Health Service Executive.

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth Hospitals Trust

New study into impact of staffing levels on patient care

UK researchers are to begin a new study investigating how the provision of nurses in hospitals affects the care and safety of patients.

NICE makes U-turn over publishing safe staffing guidance

Plans to publish safe nurse staffing guidance for emergency departments have been abandoned in a U-turn by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Nurses pushing trollley

Exclusive: Hospitals fail to hit staffing targets despite recruitment drive

The ability of NHS acute trusts to employ sufficient numbers of nurses on hospital wards has worsened this year compared with 2014 despite record levels of recruitment, HSJ can reveal.

Patent in hospital bed being seen by nurse

Interactive: How your trust is performing on staffing levels

HSJ’s analysis of the proportion of nursing shifts filled according to acute hospitals’ own staffing plans, as reported in the ‘safe staffing’ data collected by NHS England.

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