UK warned of generational choice on NHS funding Think-tanks

The report published by the Institute for Fiscal studies and the Health Foundation clearly serves to show the challenge the UK NHS faces. This report is published at the same time as the current sharp focus on the rising costs of caring for patients suffering from degenerative conditions such as Alzheimers which brings a more human element to the issues we face. The forecast of £2000/ year extra needed per household in order to balance the needs of the current generation whilst being fair to the next generation is a stark figure and will surely cause concern amongst those who

Healthperm welcomes the proposal by the Royal College of Nursing

Healthperm welcomes the proposal by the Royal College of Nursing to look closely at nurse-to-patient ratios and supports Janet Davies in this new initiative. Over the last few years all parts of the NHS across the UK have recognized the importance of staffing ratios as a lead indicator to support patient safety initiatives.  The evidence from other countries use of such ratios supports the value they can bring.  This approach should be one of a number of measures which contribute to the development of a stable and  ‘patient matched’ workforce plan.  Healthperm firmly believes the deployment of a permanent workforce

Royal College of Nursing urges Government to lower additional charges for International Nurses

The recent comment by the Royal College of Nursing regarding Healthcare surcharges being levied on nurses from overseas is both well measured and correct. Under current immigration policy, people who come to work in the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) must pay a healthcare surcharge that has left some nurses facing bills of several thousand pounds. The current fee of £200 per family member per year is about to be doubled to £400 and that means a £1600 bill for a family of 4 per year. This fee is being charged against a backdrop of the most

Declining numbers of nurses practicing in the UK

The release of new figures by the Nursing and Midwifery Council clearly shows the continued decline in the number of nurses practicing in the UK compared to a year ago.  Whilst a decrease of 500 nurses across the country may not sound a lot it comes on top of a trend that has been evident for a number of months and, if you’re the patient who is impacted by such staff shortages, then the impact on your care could be considerable. Registrations in all fields of nursing have reduced in the last 2 years with only 1 exception.  The revised

Nominations for Nurse & Midwife of the Year Awards Now Open

Do you know a nurse who deserves recognition for going above and beyond? This is a great opportunity to highlight the outstanding care that is provided by our wonderful nurses at our NHS hospitals. The awards aim to reward, recognise and celebrate NHS staff in the following categories: Adult Nurse of the Year Award Midwife of the Year Award Children’s Nurse of the Year Award Student Nurse of the Year Award International Nurse of the Year Award Healthcare Assistant of the Year Award At Healthperm we are very proud of our wonderful nurses and the work they do. They are all winners in

NHS ‘dangerously’ short of staff

Over 35,000 nurse posts in the health service in England are currently vacant, according to data published for the first time by NHS Improvement as part of its latest quarterly update. The high number of unfilled posts has coincided with the NHS coming under immense pressure, with 250,000 more people visiting A&E than in the equivalent three-month period in 2016. The regulator’s latest report puts official figures on nurse shortages in the public domain for the first time. “All the evidence shows that standards of patient care rise and fall as nurse numbers do.” – Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary

Nursing Now: Empowering Nurses Worldwide

Healthperm welcomes the launch of a new campaign which aims to raise the status and profile of the nursing profession globally.  Nursing Now,  a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, is a three-year global campaign run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization. The campaign aims to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges. Nurses are at the heart of most health teams, playing a crucial role in health promotion, disease prevention and treatment. As the health professionals who are closest to the community, they have a particular

Brexit Threat Adding to Mental Health Recruitment Struggle

In December 2017, 18 months on from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the first stage of negotiations relating to the UK’s departure from the EU concluded. At this stage in the process, what do we know about the possible impact on public health services? A new briefing paper, Brexit and mental health, from the Mental Health Network NHS Confederation (MHN) which represents 93% of statutory mental health trusts in England, sets out an assessment of the possible implications of Brexit and some of the key questions relating to future workforce supply and legislation. The implications of the UK’s departure from the

Recruitment crisis hits NHS with one in nine posts currently vacant

About 40,000 nursing posts are now vacant in the NHS in England as the service heads for the worst recruitment crisis in its history, according to official new data. Responses to Freedom of Information requests submitted to trusts by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) show that one in nine posts are now unfilled – double the level in 2013. The data obtained by the RCN also suggests that fewer care providers are now employing registered nurses, raising new fears over patient safety. Research in all four countries of the United Kingdom, carried out by ComRes for the RCN, shows that four out of

Don’t Leave It To Chance: The Health and Care Nursing Workforce Supply in England

Healthperm welcomes a new report by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) which stresses the need for the Government to take action on the NHS’s deepening shortage of nurses. The RCN reports the current number of nursing applications for the next academic year has fallen by a third since the same point in 2016, and by 13% since last year. NHS Digital’s quarterly update detailing vacancy rates for a range of health professionals also showed that the number of unfilled advertised nursing and midwifery posts in England reached 34,260 in the three months to September – the highest level since records began. Across England as