The nursing workforce

The Health Committee has published its report into the nursing workforce. It says too little attention has been focused on retaining nurses which has resulted in more nurses leaving, than joining the nursing register. 

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The report calls for Health Education England to reverse cuts to nurses’ continuing professional development budgets. Funding allocated to trusts should be specifically ringfenced for CPD for nurses, and specific funding should also be made available to support CPD for nurses working in the community.

The Committee welcomed the introduction of the new role of Nursing Associate and the expansion of career opportunities this brings for Health Care Assistants. The government needs to ensure that these new Nursing Associates have a clear professional identity, which the public understands and recognises.

An interactive version of the full report is also available

The report’s  summary is here

Click here for the report’s conclusions and recommendations




Health Education England: annual report

Annual report and accounts for Health Education England for 2016 to 2017.

The fourth HEE Annual report  outlines the achievements over the last year: outlining
how HEE continue to help improve the quality of care for patients by focussing on and investing in the education and training of the workforce which delivers that care,
now and in the future.

This vision of higher quality care is articulated in the Five Year Forward View (5YFV), which HEE co-created and now helps deliver nationally, regionally and locally through Local Workforce Action Boards (LWABs).

LWABs are where the workforce issues of Sustainability and Transformation Plans are worked through together with HEE’s partners; making sure the right conversations happen with the right people at the right time.

NHS England: assessment of performance 2016 to 2017

Annual assessment of NHS England against its mandate and business objectives for 2016 to 2017.

The Secretary of State for Health’s assessment report covers the extent to which NHS England met its mandate and business plan objectives, and fulfilled its duties to:

  • improve the quality of services
  • reduce inequalities
  • secure public involvement

Full report: Annual Assessment of the NHS Commissioning Board (known as NHS England) 2016 to 2017


RCGP strategic plan 2017-2020

Great doctors, great care sets out the College’s four main objectives for the next three years. It also defines 12 ‘values’, applicable to College members and employees, that will shape how we go about achieving these goals | RCGP

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Four objectives

The College has identified four objectives that explain its purpose and what it is aiming to achieve over the next three years:

  • Shape the future of General Practice
  • Ensure GP education meets the changing needs of UK primary care
  • Grow and support a strong, engaged membership
  • Be the voice of the GP (influence)

Vision and values

The College has also identified 12 values, which can be summarised in four ‘core’ values:

  • Excellence
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Care

Read the full plan here


Regional Review Of Medical Education And Training In The South West Of England

The GMC has published a review of medical education and training in the south west of England | GMC

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The General Medical Council (GMC) has published a review of medical education and training in the south west of England.

Overall, it found that medical students and doctors in training are learning in positive and supportive environments but training time becomes squeezed when doctors’ workloads increase. The GMC sets standards to protect education and expects local organisations to meet these.

The report follows a series of quality assurance visits across the region at medical schools and hospitals who train doctors and an assessment of Heath Education England working across the south west which oversees local postgraduate training.

Read the full overview here

Read the full report here


Departmental Overview 2015-16: Department of Health

This Departmental Overview looks at the Department of Health (DH) and summarises its performance during the year ended March 2016 | NAO

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This guide is designed to provide a quick and accessible overview of the Department and focuses in particular on where we believe the Department’s performance could be improved, using examples from our published work.

It covers:

  • The department’s responsibilities and how it spends its money
  • Financial management
  • Reported performance
  • Issues identified in NAO reports

Read the full report here


The Autumn Statement: Joint statement on health and social care

The King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and The Health Foundation are urging the government to address the critical state of social care in its forthcoming Autumn Statement.

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The briefing calls on the government to recognise the immediate funding pressures facing the sector by bringing forward to next year funding from the Better Care Fund which is planned to reach £1.5 billion in 2019/20. It also makes it clear that the NHS funding settlement will need to be revisited in future financial statements.

Key messages

  • Total health spending in England will rise by £4.2 billion in real terms between 2015/16 and 2020/21. This will result in a real-terms increase of on average 1.1 per cent a year over this parliament.
  • Real-terms funding increases of 0 per cent in 2018/19 and 0.3 per cent in 2019/20 will not be enough to maintain standards of care, meet rising demand from patients and deliver the transformation in services outlined in the NHS five year forward view.
  • Public health spending will fall by at least £600 million in real terms by 2020/21, on top of £200 million cut from the budget in 2015/16.
  • While there are significant opportunities to improve productivity in the NHS, the pace of change required to deliver £22 billion of savings by 2020/21 is unrealistic. New inflationary pressures are also emerging that will increase costs and make pay restraint harder to sustain.
  • The number of people aged over 65 accessing publicly funded social care has fallen by at least 26 per cent over the past six years.
  • Even if the vast majority of councils choose to levy the new precept on Council Tax as they did this year, the publicly funded social care system faces a £1.9 billion funding gap next year.
  • UK public spending on social care is set to fall back to less than 1 per cent of GDP by the end of this parliament, leaving thousands more older and disabled people without access to services.

Read the full report here