Restrictive Language Test Harming Nursing Recruitment

Language tests introduced by the government to restrict immigration are stopping the NHS from recruiting foreign nurses. This can even include highly qualified native English speakers, according to authoritative nursing voices. There are clear gaps in the number of nursing staff available, yet even Australian and nurses from other English-speaking countries are being turned down due to unduly prohibitive English tests. This is reflected in a sharp drop in the number of nurses registering... Readmore

Nurses Sceptical About Intentions of Jeremy Hunt

Nurses have stated that they are “not getting their hopes up” after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt offered to discuss a pay rise for NHS staff. The Health Secretary indicated that he is “sympathetic” to the idea of raising NHS staff pay. Hunt vowed to raise the matter with the Chancellor of the Exchequer. This comes in a climate of frustration and potential industrial action. Nurses raised the possibility of striking for the first time in history last month over low pay, which has been... Readmore

EU Nurse Migration Growing Figures Show

Official data indicates that the number of nurses from EU countries leaving the NHS is increasing rapidly. This figure was nearly 40% higher over the last 12 months in comparison to the previous year. It is widely believed that the results of the EU membership referendum have had a serious impact on nursing numbers. Many believe that it will ultimately lead to a workforce crisis within the healthcare system. Overall, the number of EU staff leaving the NHS in the year to December 2016... Readmore

90% of Nursing Leaders Concerned About Recruitment

A major survey conducted by the Royal College of Nursing suggests that approximately 90% of nursing leaders in the NHS are worried about recruitment. The Royal College also asserts that there are approximately 40,000 vacancies in nursing currently, and that this is having a significant impact on the quality of service being delivered. It is believed by the union for nurses that qualified nurses are increasingly being substituted for non-registered care staff, despite research having already... Readmore

Nurses to Stage ‘Summer of Protest’ Over Working Conditions

The Royal College of Nursing has indicated the intention of nurses to participate in what will be a summer of protest activity. With historic industrial action looming, nurses throughout the NHS are concerned about the level of pay being offered by the government. Members will be balloted on a potential strike unless the government scraps a 1% pay rise imposed by the Conservatives. But with the Tories highly likely to win the forthcoming general election, such an eventuality seems rather... Readmore

Figures Show Mental Health Nurse Numbers Slumping

The King's Fund think tank has released figures which suggest that the number of mental health nurses working within the NHS has fallen by 15% since the turn of the decade. Furthermore, 20% of job vacancies in the sector remain unfilled. This is considered particularly serious as community-based teams account for 97% of mental health patients, with nurses playing a pivotal role in developing trust between patients and their families. Helen Gilburt, a fellow in health policy at the King’s... Readmore

Nurses Considering Strike Over Derisory Pay Offer

The nursing profession is seriously considering striking over low pay, with the largest nursing union claiming that it is effectively driving people away from the profession. In order to assess enthusiasm for a strike, the Royal College of Nursing has balloted its 270,000 members across the UK regarding industrial action. This would be an unprecedented event, as the union had never called a strike previously. The poll will be open until 7th May, at which time of the union will announce whether... Readmore

Chief Nursing Officer for England Unveils Fast Track Programme

A new fast track ‘Nurse First’ programme has been announced, with Chief Nursing Officer for England, Professor Jane Cummings, backing the scheme. The aim of the initiative is to attract high achieving graduates into a career in nursing. It is already known that the NHS will be treating increasing numbers of people and caring for an ageing population in the coming years. This will necessitate more complex needs, and thus attracting and keeping staff will become even more important. With... Readmore

NHS England to Launch New Nursing Training Programme

As concerns grow over nursing shortages caused by Brexit, NHS England has announced a new training program with the intention of addressing the situation. The Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has already conceded that the healthcare system is hugely reliant on international professionals. This includes around 12,000 nurses who are EU nationals, a significant proportion of the 350,000 total nurses on the NHS payroll. Speaking to the BBC, Stevens asserted that the training program... Readmore

New Scheme Aims to Reduce Bed Blocking Expense by £1 Billion

A radical new plan intended to save the NHS £1 billion by reducing the amount of bed-blocking in the healthcare system has been unveiled. This new initiative involves 35,000 new and specially-converted properties intended for those hospitalised over the age of 16. In order to run the new scheme, the NHS will liaise with local social services. The aim is to ensure that patients who have no medical need to be based in hospital can be safely looked after without being forced to return to their... Readmore

Royal College of Nursing Criticises Nursing Associates Plan

The Royal College of Nursing has strongly criticised the plants of an NHS trust to replace over 20 registered nursing posts with associates. East and North Hertfordshire Trust has denied that the policy represents the substitution of nurses, pointing to the fact that the posts in question are currently vacant. But Janet Davies, Royal College of Nursing chief executive, believes that the decision is a worrying move, and that replacing nurses with associates would ultimately lead to diminished... Readmore

Health Visitors and Nurse School Numbers Show Slump

New data indicates that the number of health visitors working within the NHS system has fallen significantly over the last 12 months. This figure has diminished by 9% in the space of just one year, leading to concern among senior nurses. There had been some recent success in recruiting new nurses to the profession, but fears now abound that the workforce could return to the dangerous low levels experienced previously. And data has also emerged which reveals that NHS school nurses slumped... Readmore
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