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A new video ‘You can make a difference’ has been released today, World Social Work Day, to encourage more people to think about becoming a social worker. The short video looks at five common scenarios where social workers working in social care in England made a real difference in the…
NHS whistleblowers will be protected from discrimination when applying for another job in the health service under draft regulations introduced by the Government on Monday. Part of efforts to make the NHS "the safest healthcare system in the world", the proposed powers mean NHS employers will not lawfully be able…
Scottish Care has released a new report which explores recruitment and retention of individuals working in the care sector. The report findings show: Employers have seen an almost 20% increase in those over the age of 45 applying for care vacancies. Providers are operating a wide range of workplace benefits…
The number of NHS child and adolescent psychiatrists has fallen by 6.3% over the past four years, their professional body has warned. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said the workforce must be increased if the Government is to commit to a four-week waiting time target, as recently set out in…
NHS spending on agency workers has reached more than £300 million for the first time ever despite the First Minister saying health boards should “minimise” the use of such staff, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said. The Tory MSP criticised the increasing cost of locum medical staff to the…
NHS staff in England are reporting lower satisfaction with the quality of work and care they are able to deliver, a major new survey has found. The 2017 NHS staff survey - the largest workforce survey in the world - found that 66.8% of staff "agree" or "strongly agree" that…
Employers are being accused of undercutting wages by keeping people on agency contracts for years. A study by the TUC found that three out of five agency workers are being employed in the same role at the same workplace for more than a year, with one in six in the…
Brexit could exacerbate a “severe workforce crisis” in the care sector, potentially forcing homes and others services to shut, the industry has warned. Scottish Care, the organisation that represents independent care providers, said it was already “experiencing unprecedented difficulties in terms of viability and sustainability”. With European citizens making up…
Women face "unacceptable differences" in breast cancer care across England, a new report has concluded. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Breast Cancer said women face a postcode lottery in the care they receive across the country. Some women are being diagnosed at an earlier stage of their breast…
NHS trusts are £1.2 billion in the red as they face increasing demand for services, new figures show. At the end of December, NHS providers in England reported a year-to-date deficit of £1,281 billion, which is £365 million worse than the £916 million planned deficit, according to NHS Improvement data.…
Balancing a healthy lifestyle and work can be hard for professionals. After a long day at work, it’s understandable that a trip to the gym may be the last thought on your mind. In fact, half of care professionals admit that they struggle to fit in exercise around their work.…
The head of Oxfam International has said she will be appointing an independent commission to investigate claims of sexual exploitation. Executive director Winnie Byanyima promised to root out any wrongdoing at the charity and provide justice for anyone abused by its staff. In an interview with the BBC, Ms Byanyima…