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Posted on April 07, 2016

Senior nurses return to frontline

It has been reported that some senior nurses and matrons have been returning to frontline nursing in order to ease the staffing crisis in Cumbria. Hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven have had problems recruiting nurses, and the government's new reg...

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Posted on April 05, 2016

A&E targets set to be cut in Leicester

It has been revealed that Leicester Royal Infirmary could change A&E targets in order to help ease pressures on the department. The government has set a 95% target for the number of patients that have to be seen within four hours of arrival at A...

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Posted on March 24, 2016

Value for money key factor in Halifax A&E decision

The key factor behind the decision to make Halifax the centre for the region's emergency care has been revealed. Health chiefs have admitted that value for money was the most important consideration and have revealed that they expect to save £31m by...

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Posted on March 21, 2016

NMC: nurse and midwife revalidation is on track

With the nurse and midwife revalidation deadline looming, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has said that the revalidation is on track and likely to finish on schedule. There are just weeks remaining for registered nurses and midwives to compl...

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Posted on March 21, 2016

Mental health services losing nurses

Senior health officials have raised concerns about staffing levels as nurses are leaving the NHS in droves. It is estimated that in excess of 1,260 mental health nurses have chosen to leave the NHS within the last year, and there are concerns that m...

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Posted on March 17, 2016

NHS Trusts "right" to prioritise patient safety over caps

In November 2015 the government introduced agency caps for NHS Trusts to prevent them from overspending on hiring agency nurses and doctors. The cap prevents Trusts from paying more than 55 per cent of what a permanent staff member gets to an agency...

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Posted on March 15, 2016

NHS staffing levels under threat after new pay deal

Advisors to the Government on NHS pay have said that finding and retaining the right staff is going to be more difficult with the removal of student nurse bursaries and the higher minimum wage. It has been announced that NHS workers and members of t...

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Posted on March 07, 2016

Bed-blocking could be solved by care homes

The problem of bed-blocking could be resolved if the NHS pays care homes to take in patients who are ready to be discharged, according to a new report from think tank ResPublica. One of the problems with waiting times in A&E and other department...

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Posted on February 25, 2016

New A&E app aims to cut waiting times

A new app has been released in an attempt to cut A&E waiting times at hospitals in Staffordshire. Patients using the app will have access to information that will tell them exactly how long they can expect to wait in A&E for treatment. It is...

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Posted on February 23, 2016

Mortality rates linked to nurse staffing levels

A study has revealed that mortality rates are linked to nurse staffing levels on NHS wards. The research, which was carried out as part of a joint project between the University of Southampton and King's College London, revealed that the lowest mort...

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Posted on February 22, 2016

Rethink on A&E strategy in Leicestershire

NHS bosses in Leicestershire have had to reconsider their strategy for coping with the rapidly-increasing number of patients arriving at the A&E department at Leicester Royal Infirmary each day. During a meeting held last week, it was agreed tha...

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Posted on February 19, 2016

Value for money key factor in Halifax A&E decision

The key factor behind the decision to make Halifax the centre for the region's emergency care has been revealed. Health chiefs have admitted that value for money was the most important consideration and have revealed that they expect to save £31m by...

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Posted on February 18, 2016

High agency staff spending at Chesterfield hospital

It has been revealed that the cost of employing temporary staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital has doubled since 2011. The hospital spent in excess of £15m on nursing agency workers, locum doctors and bank staff in the financial year 2014-15. The fi...

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Posted on January 09, 2016

Protests planned against axing of nursing bursary

UNISON has plans to stage protests in the north over the planned axing of student nurse bursaries. The union's northern region branch is currently organising a rally, which will take place at Grey's Monument in Newcastle, to voice support for the cu...

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Posted on January 08, 2016

Stafford A&E to receive revamp

It has been revealed that the NHS is to spend £2.6m on a revamp of the A&E department at Stafford County Hospital. It is hoped that work will begin within a few months now that the changes have been agreed. There will be a further meeting this m...

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Posted on December 22, 2015

Children's hospital gets new A&E

The new A&E department at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital has opened and is treating around 200 young patients each day. The hospital opened its new building in October following more than 10 years of planning and two years of construc...

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Posted on December 14, 2015

Study raises concerns over 111 referrals to A&E

A study has revealed that just one-quarter of A&E referrals from the NHS 111 advice line need to attend A&E. The research looked at GP reviews of the advice given by the trained call handlers on the 111 line when a trip to A&E was recomm...

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Posted on December 14, 2015

Nursing shortages cause problems in the North East

An inspection at a hospital in the North East has found a number of problems, one of which is a shortage of nursing staff. South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as 'requiring improvement' by the CQC. Some of the services offered by the...

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Posted on November 25, 2015

Agency spending cap to come into effect

From 30th November the cap on nursing agency spending comes into effect in the hope that NHS trusts can save millions over the next few years. NHS trusts will only be able to pay nursing agencies and other temporary staff a maximum of 55% more per s...

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Posted on November 24, 2015

Recruitment drive for nurses for Yorkshire hospitals

Health authorities in Yorkshire have started to look internationally to recruit the nurses they need to fill vacancies. The problems with recruitment are contributing to a growing financial problem for hospitals across the country. The various NHS t...

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Posted on November 19, 2015

New intensive care unit in Leicestershire

It has been announced that work is due to start on a new intensive care unit at Leicestershire's Glenfield Hospital. The new unit, which is set to cost £4m, will have 11 beds and will be a replacement for the intensive care unit at Leicester General...

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Posted on November 10, 2015

A&E waiting times in Gloucester set to fall

A plan has been put into place to deal with waiting times in Gloucester A&E following concerns that some patients were waiting too long to be seen. Monitor, the health regulatory body, has been working on an investigation that shows that both th...

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Posted on November 02, 2015

Ambulances in two-hour delay at A&E

Last week saw long delays in ambulance handovers at Leicester Royal Infirmary, with some waiting up to two hours to transfer patients into A&E care. A relative of a patient took photographs of lines of ambulances waiting outside the hospital las...

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Posted on October 29, 2015

Patient safety risk raised with agency price caps

Regulators have raised concerns that the new pricing caps on nursing agency staff will increase the risks when it comes to patient safety. The regulators believe that trusts that have a poor reputation will struggle with the new system. An impact as...

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Posted on October 16, 2015

Change to overseas nursing recruitment

The government has officially declared that nursing is a shortage occupation, which means more nurses can be recruited from outside the EU. Some members of the NHS in England and Wales have been campaigning for this change to make it easier to recru...

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Posted on October 14, 2015

Government caps agency pay

The Department of Health has announced that the NHS will be restricted to paying nursing agency staff a rate no more than 55% above the pay rate of a permanent member of staff. The cap, which is due to come into place in November for all clinical st...

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Posted on September 11, 2015

New model for student nurse training in Norfolk

The success of a new coaching model, which has doubled the number of places for student nurses, has resulted in the expansion of the scheme. The new model, which was piloted by The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn Foundation Trust, enables 15 st...

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Posted on September 02, 2015

Changes in the NHS

There have been a number of changes in the NHS over the last couple of years, including the implementation of cost improvement programmes, and naturally there has been concern about how this will affect patients. Most of the changes were implemented...

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Posted on August 21, 2015

A&E targets met in Sheffield

Sheffield hospitals are now meeting the government's A&E targets, although they are experiencing problems in other areas. Statistics reveal that more than 95% of patients are being seen within the government's four-hour target time in A&E; h...

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Posted on August 07, 2015

Nursing shortages continue in Essex

An official warning has been issued to Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust after nursing shortages were once again discovered at Chelmsford's Broomfield Hospital. The regulator had already picked up on poor staffing levels on previous visits and found...

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