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The average age of maternity staff is increasing. Last year was the first year on record that there were more than 1,000 midwives over the age of 60 working across the UK. With many due for retirement, alarm bells are starting to ring over how the NHS service will continue with such a collapse in numbers of experienced staff.

UCLH creates first NHS Values-Based-Recruitment tool to improve quality of hire

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) has created the first online candidate assessment tool in the NHS to improve the quality of every new hire. Based on UCLH’s values and behaviour framework (VBR) which includes safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, the self-assessment tool was created in partnership with behaviour change experts The Chemistry Group and…

Charging NHS staff to park at work is “immoral”, says Unite

Extortionate car parking charges in South Tyneside for health visitors and community nurses, who use their vehicles for work, highlight a problem across England, Unite, the country’s largest union, has said.  South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust introduced charges of £1.20 an hour or £12 a month from 1 July affecting more than 60 community staff,…

NHS voted most popular graduate employer

For the third time in a row, the NHS was voted by undergraduates as the most popular graduate employer in a survey of nearly 30,000 undergraduates conducted by international research firm trendence – the trendence Graduate Barometer 2014. The 2014 release of the ranked list of the 300 most popular employers is here At a time when public…

NHS need to prioritise employee engagement

A major publication released today by the IPA argues that effective employee engagement is key to meeting the challenges the NHS faces. Evidence shows that employee engagement in the NHS is linked to staff wellbeing, patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes such as mortality. Put simply, engaged staff deliver better, safer care. Engagement in the NHS…

Ambulance service ‘on verge of breakdown’ due to work related stress

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union is warning the ambulance service is on the verge of breaking down and that the consequences on patient safety could be dramatic. Tight targets, long hours and the physical demands of the job place an enormous burden on overworked ambulance workers according to a UNISON survey. The survey of 1332…

NHS ‘wasting’ money by employing equality and diversity staff at a cost of nearly £7 million

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has taken aim at the NHS by claiming it wasted over £46 million last year on 1,129 unnecessary jobs in areas such as public relations, diversity, the EU and ‘green’ staff. The money spent on these positions, the TPA claim, could have paid for 1,662 full time nurses. The figures have been exposed by Freedom…

A third of all health sector managers labelled ´ineffective´ by staff

One in three managers working in health and social care (38%) are considered ineffective by their staff, according to a new report looking at the state of management and leadership in the sector from CMI (Chartered Management Institute). The research reveals particular problems at senior management levels, where the number of ineffective managers rises to…

Falling ill is top concern when moving abroad

Accessing good quality healthcare is a top concern for people working abroad according to new research from international private medical insurance provider, Expacare. A quarter (26%) of the business travellers questioned even admitted they could envisage giving up on their overseas dream and returning to the UK if they suffered ill health while overseas. UK…

Thousands of frontline NHS staff will benefit from unique agreement

NHS Property Services is leading the way with its support to staff through training and development. Chief Executive Simon Holden and national representatives from the company’s four union partners – the GMB, MiP, Unison and Unite – have jointly signed a Union Learning Agreement, setting out a framework for how they will promote training and…