NHS bursary reform

Department of Health, December 2015

From 1 August 2017, new nursing, midwifery and allied health students will no longer receive NHS bursaries. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students. This guidance explains the reforms.

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Evaluating the evidence on employee engagement and its potential benefits to NHS staff: a narrative synthesis of the literature

National Institute for Health Research, June 2015

The objective of this study is to evaluate evidence and theories of employee engagement within the NHS and the general workforce to inform policy and practice. Four research questions focused on definitions and models of engagement; the evidence of links between engagement and staff morale and performance; approaches and interventions that have the greatest potential to create and embed high levels of engagement within the NHS; and the most useful tools and resources for NHS managers in order to improve engagement.

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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.

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Language controls for nurses, midwives, dentists, dental care professionals, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

Department of Health, November 2014

The Department of Health has launched a consultation seeking views on changes to allow professional regulatory bodies to impose language controls on nursing, dental and pharmacy professionals.

The 4 UK Health Departments (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) want to amend legislation to protect patients from risk associated with the poor English language skills of a minority of health care professionals.

The law currently allows language checks on overseas non-European applicants and on doctors from the European economic area.

Proposed changes will allow the Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Dental Council, General Pharmaceutical Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland to put in place systems for carrying out proportionate language controls on European applicants and for taking fitness to practise action where there are concerns about the English language skills of professionals who are already in practice. The changes will apply to nurses, midwives, dentists, dental care professionals, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

The consultation closes on 15 December 2014.

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Securing the Future Workforce: Dental Care Professionals Stocktake

Centre for Workforce Intelligence, October 2014

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) was commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) through the Department of Health (DH) contract to forecast and analyse demand and supply for the dental care professionals (DCP) workforce in England between 2013 and 2025. This project provides HEE, the DH and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) with forecasts on the DCP workforce which can be used to inform policy decisions to secure the DCP workforce of the future.

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