Key to Care: Report of the Burstow Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce

Local Government Information Unit, 2 December 2014

The Burstow Commission was formed to look into the state of home care, the level of workforce currently in place and what needs to change in order to ensure that home care is safe and efficient in the future.  This report outlines clear recommendations on what needs to change to have a professional, well-paid, well-trained and properly regulated workforce who can provide the quality of care at home that people need. But it also recognises the complex nature of social care and the interrelatedness of problems and solutions. It features the stories of care workers, in their own words, who powerfully speak on both what needs to change and what could be the future of care.

Click here for further information and to download the report.


Guide issued on care contact time

NHS England, 26 November 2014

NHS England have issued a guide for providers and commissioners identifying ‘care contact time’, as part of the drive to deliver safe and effective care.

The guide gives providers a suite of toolkits to support them in making decisions to secure staff staffing care for their patients and service users and recommends that organisations review the contact time staff spend with patients.

It also supports commissioners working with providers to assure themselves that there is sufficient nurse, midwifery and care staff capacity and capability to meet appropriate outcomes and quality standards and to use commissioning and contractual levers to help secure environments.

Click here for further information and to download the guidance.

New report encourages rigorous evaluation of health and wellbeing programmes

NHS Employers, 21 November 2014

NHS Employers has published guidance that encourages NHS organisations to improve evaluation of their internal health and wellbeing programmes.

Findings from Evaluating Health & Wellbeing Interventions for Healthcare Staff show that financial pressure on the NHS will make it increasingly difficult for NHS boards to justify their own staff health and wellbeing programmes – unless more evidence and rigor is developed to assess their value.

The report provides evidence and describes ten key principles to help enhance evaluation of these programmes:

  • ensure the purpose of the evaluation is determined
  • establish your evaluation criteria
  • plan, prepare and where possible document the evaluation design
  • look for change
  • consider the long-term impacts of an intervention
  • consider the bigger picture
  • senior management engagement
  • build a capacity and capability for evaluation
  • ensure there is focus on process as well as on the outcome
  • effective communication and understanding of evaluation findings.

 It also recommends that NHS organisations increasingly share and develop a detailed evidence base, helping to explore what works and what doesn’t.

Click here for further information and to download the guidance.

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

Public Health England, 25 November 2014

Ahead of the 16 Days of Action campaign against domestic violence, Public Health England (PHE) has launched a violence toolkit for businesses: a step by step guide for businesses on how they can tackle domestic violence and raise awareness of an issue that impacts health, wellbeing, and absence and turn over in the workplace.

The toolkit is aimed at all businesses, specifically those that lack the occupational health or HR infrastructure to tackle an issue like domestic violence in working environments and provides practical tools and resources to help businesses take action over the 16 Days (25 November to 10 December) 2014, from raising awareness internally using posters and internal communications messaging, to being visible daily through social media, blogs and podcasts. It also provides briefings for members of staff on how to address the issue.

Click here for more information and to access the toolkit.

New guidance to help NHS managers reduce stress in the workplace

NHS Employers, November 2014

NHS Employers have published comprehensive guidance to help managers throughout the NHS reduce stress in the workplace and better support staff who experience it.

For the past two years, 38 per cent of staff have told the NHS Staff Survey that they have suffered stress in the previous 12 months. NHS Employers also estimates that over 30 per cent of all sick leave is now caused by work-related stress in the NHS, costing up to £400 million each year.

Click here for further information and to download the guidance.

Values-based recruitment

Health Education England, October 2014

The Values Based Recruitment (VBR) Framework is a tool which aims to provide evidence to support employers and higher education institutes recruit for values, share good practice and to provide guidance and support.

To offer additional support for implementation of values-based recruitment HENW is currently piloting a values and behaviours assessment tool (VBAT). The purpose of the VBAT pilot is to contribute to the development of recruitment processes that attracts and select students, trainees or employees on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.  

Click here for further information on the VBR.