Health Education England | June 2018 | The Topol ReviewPreparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future
Health Education England (HEE) has published its interim report on preparing the healthcare workforce for future developments. The review is considering four key questions:
How are technological (genomics, digital medicine, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics) and other developments likely to change the roles and functions
of clinical staff and their support in all professions over the next two decades?
What are the implications of these changes for the skills required?
For which professions or sub-specialisms are these likely to be particularly significant?
What does this mean for the selection, curricula, education, training, development and lifelong learning of current and future NHS staff?
Based on its work so far, HEE’s Review is proposing three key principles, which should govern the NHS’s future workforce strategy, these are: • Patients: If willing and able to do so, will be empowered by new tools to become more actively involved and engaged in their care. The patient generated data will be interpreted by algorithms enabling personalised self-management and self-care.
• Evidence: The introduction of any technology must be grounded in robust research evidence and a fit for purpose and ethical governance framework that patients, public and staff can all trust.
• Gift of time: Whenever possible, the adoption of technology should be used to give more time for care, creating an environment in which the patient-clinician relationship is enhanced.
The Interim Report June 2018- A Call for Evidence is at HEE
Royal College of Physicians | June 2018 | Innovation in Medicine 2018: Government must double number of medical students
A new policy briefing, Double or quits: calculating how many more medical students we need , from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) outlines new calculations for the number of doctors needed, and sets out the key issues facing workforce planning in the UK that affect current supply, future service demand and predicted losses in the workforce. The RCP has called on the government to double the number of medical school places from 7,500 to 15,000 to meet the needs of tomorrow’s patients (Source: RCP).
The briefing paper is available to read here
The new release is accessible from RCP
NHS Employers | March 2018 | The health, safety and wellbeing of shift workers in health and social care environments
The NHS Staff Council’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group works to raise standards of workplace health, safety and wellbeing in healthcare organisations, to promote a safer working environment for all healthcare staff. Its latest guidance The health, safety and wellbeing of shift workers in health and social care environments demonstrates
How shift work can impact on health, safety and wellbeing
How to manage the risk as an organisation
How to manage the risk as an individual
The importance of partnership working
NHS England have produced an infographic which can be downloaded from their website
A press release accompanies the report
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.
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.
This draft strategy sets out the current workforce landscape, what has been achieved since 2012, and describes an approach to shaping the face of the NHS and social care workforce for the next two decades.
The UK workforce is more diverse than ever and demands for flexible working arrangements are on the increase. Flexible working is part of good employment practice and these top tips from NHS Employers have been designed to help maximise arrangements in your organisation.
New report highlights that national policy and planning for the NHS Workforce in England is not fit for purpose. Also reports high staff turnover, and a fall in the number of trainee nurses.
This report from the Health Foundation analyses the profile and trends of the NHS workforce, in particular focusing on the impact of the removal of the NHS bursary on student nurse numbers and staff retention. The report highlights that national policy and planning for the NHS workforce in England is not fit for purpose, reinstating the need for a sustained and nationally focused approach to workforce policy and planning.