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Nearly one in 10 nursing posts vacant, new data reveals

More than 8 per cent of posts in NHS trusts are vacant, including one in 10 nursing roles, according to figures reported for the first time today.

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HSIB warning over medication errors across NHS

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch will review the processes for giving medication to NHS patients after a child was given an oral anaesthetic intravenously by mistake.

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Registered nurse recruitment outstripped by support staff growth

The number of registered nurses working in the NHS hospital sector has passed 180,000 for the first time.

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Exclusive: NHS Improvement to monitor hospital staffing

Hospital trusts will face formal assessment by NHS Improvement to ensure they are using safe staffing guidance and making “safe and effective decisions”, HSJ can reveal.

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70 trusts working with NHSI to boost workforce retention

Seventy NHS trusts have now been recruited by NHS Improvement to its programme to improve workforce retention rates in the health service.

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Jeremy Hunt announces review of medical manslaughter

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a national review into the application of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare.

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Bid for new inquest after child death 'cover up'

The attorney general is considering granting a second inquest into the death of a three year old boy who died at Stafford Hospital after three independent experts have backed his parents and cast doubt on the original investigation.

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Eight CCGs contemplate merger

Kent and Medway’s eight clinical commissioning groups are developing a “single strategic commissioner” and could potentially merge from next year.


Elective activity goals to add to workforce pressures

NHS trusts will come under pressure in 2018-19 to deliver a new “step change in elective activity” while keeping workforce plans “affordable” and within their ceiling for agency spending.

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Judge criticises investigators in harmed baby case

A high court judge has heavily criticised the Nursing and Midwifery Council for what she described as the regulator’s “superficial approach” and “flawed” investigation of a nurse suspected of harming her 14 week old baby.


Government targets NHS over failure to reform 'automatic' pay increases

NHS trusts “operate a virtually automatic incremental pay system” costing £600m a year, the government has said.

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Finance and regulation pressures 'put progress since Francis report at risk'

Financial pressures on the NHS and the burden of dealing with demands from regulators risks undermining progress made on patient safety and leadership since the Francis inquiry, researchers have warned.


Nursing vacancies top 36,000, official analysis reveals

There are at least 36,000 vacancies for registered nurses in the English NHS, according to a new official analysis which has provided the first accurate picture of the issue for several years.

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Exclusive: Cancer workforce shortages having ‘direct’ impact on patient care

Workforce shortages across cancer care are having a direct impact on the treatment of patients, Cancer Research UK has warned ahead of the publication of a major NHS workforce strategy for the sector.


Nurse staffing levels will determine NHS winter capacity

Nurse staffing levels will be the “determining factor” for NHS trusts in opening extra capacity to cope with winter pressures.

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Hunt: New NHS workforce plan will 'lay foundations' for next decade

Jeremy Hunt has said he wants the new NHS workforce strategy to “lay the foundations” for the next decade.

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Exclusive: Trusts urged to review 'advanced practice' staff

NHS organisations should review staff who have been given the title ‘advanced’ as part of their role and guard against ‘unconscious incompetence’, new guidance says.

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Francis: NHS leadership 'shied away' from safe staffing evidence

NHS leaders have ‘shied away’ from accepting certain staff are associated with safe care, Sir Robert Francis QC has said.

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Trust chief warns of unsafe staffing levels across NHS

A veteran NHS chief executive and former director general of workforce at the Department of Health has warned patients could die due to unsafe staffing levels unless action is taken on a national scale.


NHS Improvement reveals A&E safe staffing guidance

The latest draft safe staffing guidance from NHS Improvement has said there is no evidence for setting specific ratios of staff in urgent and emergency care settings.