Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night – and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, ensures you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping the workforce.
Multiple trusts have disputed the accuracy of the first published provider-level data on NHS staff covid vaccine uptake, which is described as ‘vital’ and ‘highly important’ by the UK Health Security Agency.
The behaviour of senior leaders and unfair recruitment practices were the most common concerns expressed by NHS England and Improvement staff who raised issues with the organisation’s freedom to speak up guardians.
The person charged with determining the NHS’ long-term workforce needs has said the service must learn from “resource poor” countries and their “frugal innovation” when designing future health services and deciding who will staff them.