The health care workforce in England: make or break?

The King’s Fund, November 2018

This briefing highlights the scale of workforce challenges now facing the health service and the threat this poses to the delivery and quality of care over the next 10 years. It sets out the reasons why the NHS long-term plan and supporting workforce strategy must address the urgent and mounting challenges facing the health care workforce.

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Should the NHS become more of a lifestyle coach to tackle unhealthy living?

Healthwatch, October 2018

Healthwatch poll of over 2000 UK adults about their confidence in the ability of services to meet their needs today and in 20-30 years’ time.  Positively, 61% of respondents are confident that NHS and social care services are currently able to meet their immediate needs. However, when we asked people if they are confident NHS and social care services will able to meet the needs they are likely to have in the future, only 30% agreed. Respondenst had confidence in the NHS and social care services in meeting the needs of their friends and family. 62% were confident that services could currently meet these needs, falling to 27% when we asked people agree if they were confident in the ability of services to meet the needs of their friends and family in 20-30 years time. The top five factors people think will have the biggest impact on the future health of the nation were:

  1. People’s diets
  2. The level of exercise in people’s daily lives
  3. Air pollution, global warming and climate change
  4. Social isolation and loneliness
  5. The financial outlook for the country

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Putting Health into Place: Introducing NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme

NHS England, September 2018

NHS England Healthy New Towns programme has released a leaflet introducing the 10 Healthy New Town Principles: Putting Health into Place. These principles will support partners in housebuilding, local government, healthcare and local communities to demonstrate how to create new places that offer people improved choices and chances for a healthier life. A substantive publication showcasing the learning from the programme, and providing practical ‘how to’ advice for those involved in creating new places will be released in March 2019.

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Your Future Nurses: The Different Routes To Recruiting Your Workforce

NHS Employers, August 2018

NHS Employers infographic exploring different routes into nursing for employers. Until recently, the routes to developing registered nurses within the workforce have been limited, with the university degree being the main way to train this group of staff. The introduction of the nursing degree apprenticeship gives a new opportunity for employers to train nurses, while the creation of the new nursing associate role can help to be a bridge between healthcare assistants and graduate registered nurses.

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Heatwave plan for England: Protecting health and reducing harm from severe heat and heatwaves

Public Health England, August 2018

Updated Heatwave Plan for England which aims to prepare for, alert people to, and prevent, the major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat in England.

It recommends a series of steps to reduce the risks to health from prolonged exposure to severe heat for:

  • the NHS, local authorities, social care, and other public agencies
  • professionals working with people at risk
  • individuals, local communities and voluntary groups

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