For the Christmas and new year break we have brought you a roundup of HSJ’s best practice highlights of 2015. Today our focus is on workforce. 

Driving change through Change Challenge

HSJ, together with sister title Nursing Times and NHS Improving Quality, had launched the Challenge Top-Down Change campaign earlier this year to find out if crowdsourcing could bring about bottom-up change in the NHS. This interactive toolkit looks at the obstacles and practical solutions as identified by NHS staff and service users.

HSJ reveals Best places to work in 2015

Using data compiled from the recent NHS staff survey, independent research firm Best Companies Group identified 120 top performing NHS organisations, which included 40 acute trusts, 31 mental health trusts, 16 specialist trusts, 11 community trusts and 20 clinical commissioning groups.

Mentoring is just as rewarding for the mentor as the mentee

Deborah Lee, chief operating officer and deputy chief executive of University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust, urges senior leaders of the NHS to find time to mentor young women to solve the pipelines problem within the health service.

So what does it take to be a chief executive in the NHS?

Analysing a survey of senior staff, Greg Pitcher reports on what motivates and demotivates the NHS’s chief executives – and the skills they feel are vital.

How to reduce the reliance on temporary staffing

As part of HSJ Workforce Investigation, Sally Gainsbury explores if the provider organisations can cut the £3.3bn they spend on temporary staff every year.

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