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Shortfall of workers

Over the weekend, it emerged that the deadline for Health Education England’s 10 year workforce strategy would be delayed, but there will still be some sort of offering to NHS staff in time for the 70th birthday next month.

HSJ understands that ministers and NHS leaders are currently negotiating a new offer for staff, which is expected to be announced around the anniversary celebrations next month.

The package could include an offer for new continued professional development funding, as well as help with child care, a bullying hotline, and body cams for paramedics.

NHS Employers welcomed the package but warned it must “inform the current regulatory approach rather than creating new ones”.

A higher calling

From one national religion to another, the NHS’s most senior financial officer is leaving the service to become the effective chief executive of Westminster Abbey.

Paul Baumann has sat atop the NHS financial tree since the Lansley reforms, joining NHS England in 2012 after working in the regional team for London.

The confirmation of his departure comes after the national commissioner announced plans to move to a single shared chief financial officer with NHS Improvement in the coming months.

It could pave the way for Elizabeth O’Mahony, chief financial officer at NHSI, to take the joint post, which is due to be advertised shortly.