This guidance has been developed to highlight some of the key health, safety and wellbeing issues associated with shift work; and support managers to work in partnership with union representatives to mitigate the impact on staff and the organisation. Whilst patients are outside the scope of this document, by mitigating the impacts on staff, there is likely to be better outcomes for patients.
This guidance covers staff under Agenda for Change terms and conditions but can be used to promote best practice in other areas.
The UK Department of Health recommends annual influenza vaccination for healthcare workers, but uptake remains low. For staff, there is uncertainty about the rationale for vaccination and evidence underpinning the recommendation.
This systematic appraisal of systematic reviews aims to clarify the rationale, and evidence base, for influenza vaccination of healthcare workers from the occupational health, employer and patient safety perspectives.
The Department of Health have published their response to a consultation on changes to allow professional regulatory bodies to impose language controls on nursing, dental and pharmacy professionals. The vast majority of the 71 responses received support proposals to allow these regulators the power to apply language controls, where appropriate, to healthcare professionals, to ensure they have a sufficient knowledge of the English language to practise safely in the UK.
The amendment Order will be laid in Parliament shortly, which, subject to Parliamentary approval, should be in place by March 2015.
Following another public consultation the regulators will then work to implement these changes through amendments to their rules. The new procedures will come into effect later this year.
NHS England has published a report called Compassion in Practice: Two years on which talks about the value of the 6Cs, how they are spreading across health and social care and informing the commissioning process, along with the important role Care Makers play in bringing the vision to life.
Compassion in Practice, the national strategy for nurses, midwives and care staff, was launched in December 2012. Since that time, a significant programme of work through six action areas has created a momentum across the country which has recognised the very crucial role that organisational culture plays in determining the experience of patients and users of our services.
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