Safety watchdog hit by poor governance and culture

Poor governance and cultural problems at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch have damaged staff morale and led to confused decision making according to multiple whistleblowers, who told HSJ it had also seen major delays to its reports and needed to be “put back on track”.

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HSIB chief: We are on a 'changing trajectory'

The chief investigator of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has accepted the new body has made mistakes but told HSJ it was now on an upward trajectory with plans to improve its governance.

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Private hospitals safety warning after patient death

A coroner has issued warnings over safety at private hospitals after a patient referred out of the NHS by his consultant died following surgery.

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Learning disability nurse shortage to hit 'critical levels'

Health Education England has warned the learning disability nursing headcount could “hit critical levels in the next five years”, with vacancies “upwards of 30 per cent”.


Workforce plan: Power will be devolved to regions

Workforce planning policy will be devolved to regional integrated care systems as part of sweeping changes to the way the NHS manages its 1.3 million staff, the long-awaited interim NHS workforce plan has revealed.

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Exclusive: Dido Harding: Boards should take culture as seriously as finance

Baroness Dido Harding has said if NHS boards took culture and staff management as seriously as finance, the service would “shift from a bullying and rotten culture quite quickly”, while stating she is “pretty confident” it will secure extra workforce investment from government later this year.

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GPs snub partnerships for locum and salaried roles

The number of GPs opting to work as salaried employees or locums rather than taking on partner roles is continuing to rise, according to the latest NHS workforce data.

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UK short of almost every type of health and care professional, review concludes

An independent government advisory body has recommended all medical roles should be added to the shortage occupation list, in its first full review of the list since 2013.

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Hospital trust leaves special measures after two years

A Midlands hospital trust has come out of special measures, two years after the Care Quality Commission uncovered “serious” problems with the care provided.

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The NHS must 'grab hold' of international recruitment

The NHS must take a firmer grip of recruitment efforts in overseas countries, and make sure that trusts and health systems cooperate and adopt best practice, if targets are to be met, according to Health Education England’s director of global engagement Ged Byrne.

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Exclusive: Hiring 5,000 extra overseas nurses a year still likely to leave NHS short-staffed

Even “optimal delivery” of international recruitment efforts would leave the NHS short of nearly 19,000 nurses by 2023-24, according to analysis carried out by the Department of Health and Social Care, HSJ has learned.


Community hospital to close in face of staff shortages

A community hospital in Oxford will close temporarily at the end of the month because of major nursing shortages.

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Doctors, but not nurses, get cash to help 'power napping'

The government will invest almost £10m to improve sleeping facilities for doctors at NHS hospitals amid growing awareness of the impact of fatigue on patient safety.

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Dido Harding: ‘Soviet style’ national workforce plan is not possible

Writing a national NHS workforce plan akin to “Soviet style tractor production” is not possible, Baroness Dido Harding has said.

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Top CEO says government sending 'wrong signal' on safety

Sir David Dalton has urged health and social care secretary Matt Hancock to view patient safety as a “firm priority” for the NHS, warning progress made since the Mid Staffs scandal could quickly disappear.

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Exclusive: Government drops key safe staffing measure

Publication of nurse staffing levels at each hospital in England – introduced after the Francis Inquiry to boost safety – has been quietly dropped, HSJ can reveal.

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CPD budget cuts were ‘trade-off’ for more nurses

The removal of money from continuing professional development budgets was “a trade-off” to increase the number of nurses in training, the chair of HEE has said.

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High Court orders second inquest into 'cover up' child death

The High Court has ordered a new inquest into the death of a three-year-old boy at Stafford Hospital following new evidence which called into doubt the original verdict.

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NHS workforce decisions on hold until autumn

The interim workforce implementation plan will not answer key questions until after the spending review, its national executive lead has told HSJ.

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New report stresses link between nurses and safety

A new review of safe staffing evidence has warned increasing the proportion of healthcare assistants on wards can raise the risk of poor care.