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The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has today published the 2016 Mental Health Officers’ Report. The statistics show the number of mental health officers (MHO) has gone up by 5.4% to 722 in December 2016. The report is based on administrative data collected by the SSSC directly from local authorities…
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) will attend all five Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust Board extraordinary meetings today to highlight the social work profession's opposition to cuts to the HSC budget. Speaking ahead of the meetings Carolyn Ewart (pictured), NIASW Country Manager, said: "Social Workers are…
Patients are being put at higher risk of dying in hospitals where lower staffing levels of registered nurses are leading to incomplete care, a new study has found. Jane Ball, principal research fellow at the University of Southampton, has found that lack of time is the "missing link" in understanding…
Staff shortages forced closures at a quarter of children's wards and more than 40% of baby units at Scottish hospitals, new research has found. A total of 25% of paediatric inpatient units and 41.7% of neonatal units had to temporarily close to new admissions due to a shortage of medical…
A hospital trust which has been admonished over staffing issues has around one in six posts vacant. Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust had a vacancy rate of 17% , according to the latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the trust. A previous inspection at a hospital run by the…
Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced an additional £1m to further enhance End of Life Care services in Wales. The fund will go towards supporting the delivery of the End of Life Care Delivery Plan 2017-2020, published in March this year. The three-year-plan outlines how the Welsh Government intends to…
An NHS expansion plan for mental health services will see thousands of new posts created, the Government has said. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the aim was to treat an extra one million people by 2021 under one of the biggest boosts to mental care in Europe. However, the Royal…
Nurses are to step up their campaign for the Government to end the cap on public sector pay as new figures reveal that the number of experienced nurses leaving the profession has doubled in the last three years. The Royal College of Nursing is staging 40 events across the UK…
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