Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future

Health Education England has worked with NHS England, NHS Improvement, Public Health England and the Department of Health to develop the NHS Workforce Report “Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future” – a draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027.

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The report describes the nature and scale of these challenges and sets out proposals for the management of workforce issues at both local and national level.
The document is open for consultation until 23 March 2018.

To  read the report and have your say visit here

Nursing workforce

The Health Committee has published The nursing workforce.  This report examines the current and future scale of the shortfall of nursing staff and whether the Government and responsible bodies have effective plans to recruit, train and retain nurses.  The committee concludes that there has been too little attention given to retaining nurses which has resulted in more nurses now leaving than joining the professional register.  There are many causes for this shortfall, including workload pressures, poor access to continuing professional development, pay and a general sense of not feeling valued.

Acute care collaborations

NHS England has published No hospital is an island – learning from the acute care collaborations.  This report covers the learning from 13 acute care collaborations that were established as part of the new care models programme. It highlights six common strategies that have emerged, including the way clinical practices are being standardised; how vanguards are making better use of clinical support services; and how the skills of healthcare professionals are being used more creatively and flexibly.

Funding and staffing of NHS mental health providers

The King’s Fund has published Funding and staffing of NHS mental health providers: still waiting for parity.  This report indicates the spending gap between NHS acute hospitals and NHS mental health providers is widening.  It includes an analysis of the annual financial accounts of NHS mental health, acute and specialist provider trusts; an analysis of the national workforce data; a review of CQC inspection reports for the 54 mental health trusts; and review of board papers of eight mental health trusts.

Developing People – Improving Care

One year on from the launch of the Developing People- Improving Care, this report  highlights how leaders across health and social care have implemented the framework | NHS Improvement

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In 2016, thirteen organisations from health, social care and local government came together to create the Developing People Improving Care framework, based on national and international research, and conversations held with people across the health and care system.

One year on, this publication highlights some of the work taking place, demonstrating the steps people are already taking to ensure systems of compassion, inclusion and improvement, are at the core of the health and care system.  The report also sets out plans for the year ahead.

Full report: Developing People- Improving Care

How much has the NHS saved by holding down pay?

Pay restrictions meant £2.6 billion less for NHS staff last year | Nuffield Trust


With the NHS in England in recent years on a savings drive, this comment from Mark Dayan of The Nuffield Trust asks how much staff have contributed through freezes and caps on their pay packets. But the question is a tricky one. To answer, we need to be able to compare what has actually happened to pay with what would have happened if the NHS hadn’t been trying to make any savings. This data blog explores further and puts a figure on it.

Read the full blog post here