NHS takes action on inequality with new workforce standards

All NHS organisations need to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace say new standards published this week. From 1 April 2015, the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) requires NHS organisations to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality, including a specific indicator to address the low levels of black and minority ethnic board representation. The... Readmore

GMC investigation decisions “fair and consistent” says new research

Decisions made by the General Medical Council (GMC) during investigations into doctors who have been subject of a serious complaint are “fair and consistent” according to independent research published today. The review, carried out by researchers at Plymouth University, found that the decisions made in 187 randomly selected cases were appropriate as well as being in line with GMC guidance criteria. “There are more than a quarter of a million doctors on our register and relatively few are subject... Readmore

NHS trade unions accept pay offer and end strike threat

A threat of industrial action by NHS staff members was ended today following an agreement by unions to accept a pay proposal that was originally made by the Government in January. “This will be a huge relief for NHS organisations and for the thousands of patients and staff who were disrupted by industrial action”, said Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation. “Employers do understand the anxieties of staff and urgently want to discuss sustainable ways to move... Readmore

Pressure on staff is growing but positivity remains concludes NHS Staff Survey 2014

NHS staff are experiencing increasing pressure but remain positive about the work they do and the standard of service they provide, according to the results of the 2014 NHS Staff Survey published by NHS England today (24 February). A total of 255,000 NHS staff members took part in the confidential survey which considered 29 key measures and indicators. Some of the key findings of the survey include: (i) two thirds (67 per cent) of staff said they thought patient care was the top priority for their... Readmore

DH launches consultation on proposed changes to NHS Constitution

The Department of Health (DH) has launched a new consultation on proposed changes to the NHS Constitution. The proposed changes are a direct response to the recommendations made by Sir Robert Francis QC in his Freedom to Speak Up Review (published on 11 February). Amongst several proposals, the Government is looking to amend the NHS Constitution to: (i) give greater prominence to mental health; (ii) reflect the importance of access to transparent and comparable data; (ii) include the Armed... Readmore

GMC responds to ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ review

An independent review into creating an open and honest culture in the NHS has been welcomed by the General Medical Council (GMC). The review, led by Sir Robert Francis QC, provides many recommendations as to how to create a culture in which NHS staff feel safe to make disclosures about any aspect of the quality of care, malpractice or wrongdoing at work without fear of recrimination. The team undertaking the review spoke to individual NHS workers, as well as with employers, trade unions, professional... Readmore

Sir Robert Francis QC whistleblowing review published

NHS whistleblowers who highlight poor standards of care are being ignored, bullied or even intimated, according to an independent review published today. The review - ‘Freedom to speak up?’ was conducted by Sir Robert Francis QC, who led two major inquiries into failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust. Its aim is to create an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS. Undertaken during August and September 2014, the government commissioned review found “shocking” examples... Readmore

Heymann appointed as non-executive director of Monitor

Leading clinician Dr Timothy Heymann has been appointed as a non-executive director of Monitor. With a background in regulation, Dr Heymann is a key appointment for Monitor and he brings a wealth of expertise to the healthcare financial regulator. As well as being the senior Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at Kingston Hospital, Dr Heymann also holds a post at Imperial College London as Reader in Health Management. Further expertise includes being a fellow of the Higher Education... Readmore

Licence to practise at risk for 8000 doctors warns GMC

The General Medical Council (GMC) has advised almost 8000 doctors that they have until the end of the week to provide information in support of their revalidation or face having their licence to practice removed. Doctors have a duty under the GMC’s Licence to Practise and Revalidation Regulations to provide information but as yet 7,818 have failed to do so. Those who do not respond will receive a final notice letter advising them that they have 28 days to confirm their designated revalidation... Readmore

Landmark ruling hands employers the right to force workers to retire

In a landmark ruling that is likely to have significant ramifications for those working in healthcare, the UK Supreme Court has outlined the powers available to employers to enable them to make workers retire. The ruling states that in the case of Leslie Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes, a request made by Mr Seldon to his employers that he wished to work beyond his 65thbirthday and which was turned down, was a decision based on “fairness between generations” and was a legitimate one. Mr... Readmore
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