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One in seven children of public sector workers will be living in poverty by the end of next month, unions are warning. Research by the TUC found that the Government's cap on public sector pay as well as in-work benefit cuts were pushing tens of thousands of youngsters below the…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss) will host A Portrait of Care, a four-day interactive public exhibition that will showcase stories and reflections of the frontline social services workforce. Coinciding with World Social Work Day, the exhibition aims to celebrate the great work of the sector,…
Scottish health boards have launched a global recruitment drive for radiologists. Nine boards are looking to fill 32 vacancies by advertising in Western Europe, India, Australia, the USA and Canada. The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) welcomed what it described as a “much-needed international drive to boost radiologist numbers”. Ayrshire…
Social care in England is running as a "Cinderella service" - with the sector undervalued and its workers poorly rewarded, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. A new report into the adult social care workforce in England concludes that the Department of Health and Social Care is not doing…
Millions of workers are to receive new employment rights from the first day in a job, including the enforcement of holiday and sick pay under "major" Government reforms. Ministers said the UK will become one of the first countries to tackle the challenges of the changing world of work, pledging…
Government plans to boost the number of trainee nurses are failing - with Ucas figures revealing a second decline in applications this year, nursing leaders have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that five years after the Francis Report blamed unsafe nurse levels for poor care at Mid…
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said care workers are "grossly underpaid" and pledged £8 billion of extra funding for social care if elected. He made the comments during a visit to Milton Keynes University Hospital on Thursday morning, where he toured the A&E and cancer wards and spoke to patients.…
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the NHS needs "urgent, urgent funding" and the nation needs a broad investment to help it become a more equal society. Speaking to a party rally in central London and as the NHS this year celebrates its 70th birthday, he said: "The NHS needs urgent,…
The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has published two new workforce data reports; one on children’s services and the other on adults’ services. The data in these reports supplements data already published in the annual Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2016 Workforce Data (SSSC, September 2017). The reports have…
The number of vacant nursing posts reached a new high of 34,260 last year, with some areas only recruiting one nurse for every 400 jobs advertised - revealing a staffing "crisis", it has been warned. Official figures showed there were almost 88,000 vacancies across the NHS in England in the…
Doctors' leaders have expressed concern over "widespread" rota gaps. The British Medical Association said that staffing and financial pressures facing the NHS were leading to delays in treatment and doctors "juggling" large numbers of patients. The comments came after a poll of 900 doctors from across the UK found many…
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has highlighted a need for the nation’s Early Learning and Childcare sector to attract a more diverse workforce to create an additional 11,000 jobs by 2020 to meet expected demand. SDS has worked with partners to create new national Early Learning and Childcare Skills Investment Plan…