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Four out of five council workers have no confidence in the future of local services because of spending cuts, new research reveals. A study by Unison found that most local authority employees believe residents do not receive the help and support when they need it. A survey of 21,000 workers…
The NHS is to be able to recruit thousands more medical staff from abroad, after the Government announced a relaxation on visas. Doctors and nurses are to be excluded from the cap on so-called "Tier 2" visas for skilled workers from non-EU countries, imposed by Theresa May when she was…
The stigma around discussing mental health is still very much present, and the majority (81%) of care professionals agree that not enough is being done to support mental health at work. In fact, a third (31%) have considered resigning from a job due to lack of support. That’s according to…
Immigration rules preventing overseas doctors being recruited by the NHS have been branded "ludicrous and shameful" in the Lords. Former Lord Speaker Baroness Hayman warned patient care was being "compromised" by a shortage of doctors while recruits were being refused visas to enter the UK. For the Government, the Earl…
Staff working in adult residential care and nursing homes in Wales will be eligible for free flu vaccinations through NHS community pharmacies from this winter, Health and Social Services Secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced. NHS healthcare staff are already offered flu vaccination by NHS employers as part of occupational health…
More than one million health workers are to receive a pay rise worth 6.5% for most staff over the next three years, after the deal was accepted by those ranging from nurses to cleaners. Members of 13 unions representing hospital cleaners, nurses, security guards, physiotherapists, emergency call handlers, paramedics, midwives,…
The first result of a ballot among health workers on a three-year pay deal has shown massive rejection. Members of the GMB union voted against the proposed agreement, worth an average of 6.5%, by almost 9-1. The GMB, which represents tens of thousands of NHS staff, including ambulance workers, was…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Northern Ireland has published deeply concerning research findings detailing social workers’ experiences of being subjected to intimidation, threats and violence. Their report, Insult and Injury: Exploring the impacts of intimidation, threats and violence against social workers, presents the results of a survey open…
Some parents do not appreciate the importance of early education and teaching young children life skills such as how to communicate or use the toilet, it has been suggested. Some mothers and fathers do not know how to impart these skills and need more support in doing so, according to…
One in four early years workers have considered leaving the profession due to stress and mental health issues, according to a poll. It suggests that many nursery workers and childminders are concerned about the balance between their job and home life, while others say they have suffered issues such as…
The Government has been accused of a "masterclass in incompetence" over attempts to improve the criminal records checking scheme. A project to modernise the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has been marred by poor planning, delays and spiralling costs, according to a Commons report. The programme is more than four…
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) are inviting social workers to their Annual Meeting 2018 where they will launch and discuss their report on violence against the workforce. Taking place on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast, the report 'Intimidation, Threats and Violence Against…
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