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The Government has been urged to address the "untenable" staffing shortage in the NHS, as figures reveal some trusts are relying on agency staff for months on end. At least 3,700 staff members have worked at least one shift per month at the same trust for more than a year,…
A NHS nurse who set himself alight after losing his job over a disciplinary matter was "treated unfairly", an independent report has found. Amin Abdullah, 41, died on February 9, 2016, close to Kensington Palace in London, weeks after being dismissed from Charing Cross Hospital. The Malaysian-born nurse (pictured), who…
Hundreds of thousands of young children are at risk of falling behind before they start school because they do not have access to specially qualified early years workers, according to a charity. Save The Children says that there is a shortage of around 11,000 early years teachers in England. It…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council have issued a call to all new social care registrants and their managers to take part in a survey to review the impact of social care registration. The survey, which is being conducted by the Department of Health, NISCC and the Social Care Institute…
Firms are being urged to pay closer attention to the wellbeing of their employees after a study found that almost a third of businesses have seen an increase in the number of workers taking time off for mental health reasons. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said its research also…
Care workers must be prioritised under new migration rules to stop a post-Brexit shortfall in provision that would leave women quitting work to look after elderly relatives, according to a leaked government report. In the "worst case scenario" where European Union migrants were stopped from coming to the UK, there…
A new project to help the social care sector in Wales plan its workforce requirements post-Brexit has been announced by the Welsh Government. £200,000 has been allocated from the Welsh Government’s EU Transition Fund to fund research into how the Brexit process could impact on the social care workforce in…
A new NHS whistleblowing service to prevent patient harm needs to be fully independent, MPs have warned. Plans to establish a Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) to investigate cases of compromised patient safety have been supported by a joint Lords and Commons committee. But proposals to allow the HSSIB…
Nursing vacancies are one of the "biggest threats" facing the health service, a leading think tank has warned. One in 10 nursing posts are unfilled, the Health Foundation said. The remarks come as the nursing and midwifery regulator announced that it would be making it easier for foreign nurses to…
Hundreds of new mental health workers will be trained up and introduced to schools from next year to help boost young people's wellbeing. Seven universities and colleges will offer education mental health practitioner courses from January under Government plans. The first teams of trained specialists will begin working at schools…
Applications to nursing courses have dropped by a third in the two years since bursaries for students were axed, figures show. The number of people in England applying to begin training fell from 51,840 in 2016 to 35,260 this year, according to Ucas, representing a decline of almost 32%. There…
NHS staff in Wales will be offered a pay rise as the health service marks seven decades since its creation, it has been announced. Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said the offer, which will provide a pay increase for staff across the NHS, has been negotiated with employers and unions.…
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