Emergency workforce

HEE finds it must ‘retain its independence’

Health Education England today said it should remain a stand-alone body distinct from NHS England and other national organisations, citing a stakeholder survey carried out for the education body.

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Regulator warns of ‘extraordinary’ winter for A&Es

A failure to provide the right models of care is forcing thousands more people to attend emergency departments each day, the Care Quality Commission has said, while warning of a “perfect storm” for the health service this winter.

Andrea Sutcliffe

Regulator launches emotional support helpline

The nursing regulator has launched a new support helpline for nurses and midwives who are going through its fitness to practise process in a bid by its new chief executive to “truly humanise how we operate”.

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NHS could lose thousands of staff under Brexit migration shake-up

More than 60,000 international NHS workers could be at risk of deportation if the government was to tighten immigration rules and increase the salary threshold for visas for skilled workers, analysis by HSJ has revealed.

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Stevens names three ‘tests’ for PCNs

Simon Stevens has identified three top “real world tests” for primary care networks.

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NHS England director backs tighter recruitment checks

NHS England’s national director for mental health is considering asking trusts to reconsider their recruitment checks, after discovering her own trust had hired a nurse who previously falsified a care plan.

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Trust and agency investigating ‘false claims’ over patient death

A trust and the NHS’ staffing agency have launched an investigation after a coroner found two nurses and a healthcare assistant may have lied about carrying out patient observations.

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Top A&E doctor: Pensions tax puts safety at risk over winter

The leader of the emergency medicine profession has issued a fresh warning about its doctors cutting their hours due to new pension tax rules as demand surges through winter.

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Boost registered nurses to protect and retain staff, finds research

Increasing the number of registered nurses working in mental health settings could help protect thousands of other NHS staff, according to research shared with HSJ and published today.

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National living wage rise to cost NHS millions

Trusts are set to face additional salary costs of millions of pounds as a result of the government’s plan to raise the national living wage, HSJ has learned.


Community hospital to reopen after staff shortages forced it to shut

An Oxfordshire community hospital is to reopen after it was forced to shut at the beginning of the summer due to major nursing shortages.

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Revealed: Government preparing for nurse funding U-turn

The government is gearing up to announce reforms of financial support for NHS student nurses – likely to include a major reversal in funding policy – to boost applications.


Most maternity incidents linked to not acting on fetal heart rates

Staff failing to act on abnormal fetal heartbeats during labour was the most common contributing factor in cases where babies were born with brain damage and referred to NHS Resolution’s new early notification scheme, it has emerged.

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Calls to expand flexible working options following year-long trial

Policymakers are being called on to expand nurses’ flexible working options after a year-long trial involving more than 200 nurses showed evidence it would improve work-life balance.

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Harding: Social care staff are priority for better pay over NHS

NHS Improvement’s chair has said the staff “in our health and social care system who are most underpaid are healthcare assistants working in social care, not [staff] in the NHS” - and that they should be prioritised in funding decisions.

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New money to strengthen PCN nursing leadership

The chief nurse of England Ruth May has announced new plans to strengthen nursing leadership in the NHS in a keynote speech today.


Teaching trust flagged as cancer outlier two years in a row

A teaching hospital has redesigned part of its cancer service after being flagged as an outlier in two national clinical audits.

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Queen’s Speech may include new powers for fining trusts

The Queen’s Speech could cover new patient safety legislation, including giving the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch extensive new powers, such as the ability to fine trusts and seize equipment.


Trust’s management blasted by outgoing director

An acute trust’s outgoing director of infection prevention and control has warned infection control was “not driven from the centre of the organisation” and that a lack of engagement from managers, and the medical and nursing establishment went “under the radar”.

Brexit puzzle

Ministers warned off ‘aggressive’ immigration stance

Ministers have been warned their “aggressive approach” towards EU workers who don’t apply for new immigration status by next year is wrong and could affect the health and social care workforce.