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.
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.
The number of registered nurses working in the NHS hospital sector has passed 180,000 for the first time.
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.
Seventy NHS trusts have now been recruited by NHS Improvement to its programme to improve workforce retention rates in the health service.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a national review into the application of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare.
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.
Kent and Medway’s eight clinical commissioning groups are developing a “single strategic commissioner” and could potentially merge from next year.
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.
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.
NHS trusts “operate a virtually automatic incremental pay system” costing £600m a year, the government has said.
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.
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.
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 be the “determining factor” for NHS trusts in opening extra capacity to cope with winter pressures.
Jeremy Hunt has said he wants the new NHS workforce strategy to “lay the foundations” for the next decade.
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.
NHS leaders have ‘shied away’ from accepting certain staff are associated with safe care, Sir Robert Francis QC has said.
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.
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.