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This report aims to set out the facts on: the scale of the NHS nursing workforce challenge; the challenges to the main entry routes to NHS nursing and more general workforce-related challenges that any future plans will need to address; and the progress made on the People Plan.
Nurses are critical to the delivery of health and social care services, working across hospitals, community services, care homes and primary care. In 2019, around 519,000 people in England were registered to practise as a nurse, while the NHS employed 320,000 nurses in hospital and community services, making up about a quarter of all NHS staff.
In January 2019, the NHS Long Term Plan acknowledged the need to increase staff numbers, noting that the biggest shortfalls were in nursing. The NHS set up the People Plan programme to decide how it would secure the workforce it needed to meet its future service commitments. This report defines workforce planning as the analysis and plans required to ensure that the NHS has the number and type of staff it needs, now and in the future.
This report sets out the facts on:
- the scale of the NHS nursing workforce challenge;
- the challenges to the main entry routes to NHS nursing and more general workforce-related challenges that any future plans will need to address; and
- the progress made on the People Plan.
Full report: The NHS Nursing Workforce
The Centre for Ageing Better and Care & Repair England’s new report reveals that over two million over-55s are living in a home that endangers their health or wellbeing.
The aim of this report is to provide an overview of housing conditions in England, particularly in the context of population ageing, to inform the policy and practice that relates to ageing well at home.
The report, written with Care & Repair England, reveals that over two million over-55s are living in a home that endangers their health or wellbeing. The report into non-decent housing in England found that over 4.3 million homes in England don’t meet basic standards of decency, most commonly because of the presence of a serious hazard to their occupants’ health or safety.
- Full report: Home And Dry: The Need For Decent Homes In Later Life | Centre for Ageing Better
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Department of Health and Social Care | February 2020 | UK strategy for rare diseases: 2020 update to the implementation plan for England
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has updated its strategy for rare diseases. This year’s update on the strategy’s progress over the last year covers 5 main areas:
NICE |nd| Should a chronic condition, such as type 1 diabetes, prevent regular exercise?
In the latest episode of NICE’S podcast NICE Talks, the topic is whether a long term chronic condition such as type 1 diabetes should prevent regular exercise.
The hosts of the podcast speak with Chris Bright, a Welsh International Futsal player, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 20 years; Professor Partha Kar a Consultant Endocrinologist at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and aNational Specialty Advisor, Diabetes, for NHS England; and chiropractor Peter Dixon, President of the Royal College of Chiropractors and NICE Fellow. They discuss the NICE recommendations on physical activity for those with type 1 diabetes, available from NICE.
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Healthwatch | February 2020 | What matters to people using A&E
Healthwatch’s latest briefing illustrates the chain of factors which impact on people’s experiences in A&E.
To inform NHS England’s Clinical Review of Standards, Healthwatch have been helping to understand the impact of potential new targets by finding out what matters most to patients and the public when it comes to A&E.
The purpose of our research is not to argue for or against replacing the current four-hour target, but to inform the ongoing debate.
Their research adds to previous work by providing analysis of 330 patient interviews carried out by local Healthwatch in six of the 14 hospitals testing proposed A&E targets. We also look at 6,000 free text comments gathered through the Friends and Family Test, analysed by Healthwatch Suffolk, to contextualise our findings.
The headline message:
Time alone doesn’t dictate how people feel about their experience of A&E. Overall patient experience is also shaped by:
- The quality of clinical care they receive
- The quality and frequency of the communication
- The attitude of staff and whether they have time to offer empathetic care
- Whether the A&E is working well with other services, such as NHS 111 and GPs
- The quality of the A&E facilities themselves, including things that can make the experience of long waits easier on people, such as access to food and drink (Source: Healthwatch)
Department of Health and Social Care | February 2020 | Violence against NHS staff: letter to the workforce
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock has written a letter to all NHS staff about the problem of violence faced by those working for the NHS.
The letter can be read at NHS England
BMA | February 2020| Supporting a healthy childhood: the need for greater investment in services in England
BMA has published its report Supporting a healthy childhood: the need for greater investment in services in England. The BMA’s analysis of recent data highlights insufficient investment in England across a range of services to support a healthy childhood, with funding for a number of different services being cut in recent years. This lack of resource is likely to have an adverse impact on child health in England.
The report includes:
- Analysis and findings of spending on children’s social care in 2019/20
- Recommendations for a cross-government ‘healthy childhood strategy’
- Recommendations to reverse budget cuts to children’s services in England
Alzheimer Europe | February 2020 |Dementia in Europe Yearbooks
A new report from Alzheimer Europe predicts that the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease-based on current trends- will increase twofold by 2050. The report emphasises that this is despite a reduction in the prevalence of dementia.
The 2018 Alzheimer Europe Yearbook focuses on the current status and development of national dementia strategies in Europe, detailing the content of the existing strategies, thereby providing a comparison between countries. There are currently 21 countries and regions with a dementia strategy, 2 countries whose governments have formally committed to the development of a strategy, two neurodegenerative strategies published and further work underway in other countries (Source: Alzheimer Europe)
The full publication is available to purchase from Alzheimer Europe
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NHS England | February 2020 | NHS publishes latest NHS staff survey results
The findings of the NHS staff survey indicate that a little over 80 per cent of NHS staff are satisfied that they are providing the best care to patients.
The annual survey of more than 560,000 NHS workers found that 13 per cent of staff reported being bullied, harassed or abused by their own manager in the past 12 months and almost a fifth, 19 per cent, said they had experienced abuse from colleagues.
Black and minority ethnic staff are also 14 per cent more likely to experience violence from members of the public or patients while discrimination on the grounds of ethnic background increased by four percentage points since 2018.
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