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  • Lack of nurses ‘most concerning’ shortage in NHS, report finds

    • 29 Oct 2019
    • Mimi Launder

    The nursing staff shortfall is the ‘most concerning’ shortage across the NHS, a report published this week by NHS Providers – a membership organisation for NHS trusts - has found.

  • Every nurse, midwife to have access to £1,000 personal training budget, Chancellor to announce

    • 30 Sep 2019
    • Amanda Nieves

    In today’s Spending Round, the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, will announce a £210 million boost for frontline NHS staff which includes funding for a £1,000 personal development budget for every nurse, midwife and allied health professional to support their continuing professional development (CPD) needs over three years of the revalidation cycle.

  • Government should 'revisit' safe staffing legislation, says NHS England

    • 30 Sep 2019
    • Mimi Launder

    The Government should 'revisit' national responsibilities relating to workforce, NHS England and NHS Improvement have recommended.

  • Government eases language requirement for overseas nurses

    • 30 Sep 2019
    • Mimi Launder

    Overseas health professionals including nurses will now only need to pass one language exam to work in the UK.

  • HEE to push for five-year GP training pilots in every deanery area

    • 26 Sep 2019
    • Anviksha Patel

    EXCLUSIVE Every deanery area should run a pilot for five-year GP specialty training, Health Education England's head of primary care has told Pulse in an exclusive interview.

  • GPs should be given 'more guidance on tropical medicine' because of climate change

    • 26 Sep 2019
    • Anviksha Patel

    GPs should be given more guidance on the zika virus and other tropical diseases as a result of climate change, MPs have said.

  • No-deal Brexit could close down practices, says RCGP chair

    • 26 Sep 2019
    • Anviksha Patel

    The non-pharmaceutical supply chain post-Brexit must be addressed by the Government or it could risk the closure of practices 'up and down the country', according to the RCGP chair.

  • How to become a locum practice nurse

    • 28 Aug 2019
    • Katrina Vos

    General practice nurses are a crucial part of the primary care team. So should a permanent member of staff become unavailable, locum practice nurses can be a huge asset to the practice to avoid great disruption of care.

  • Strategies for selecting a CPD course

    • 28 Aug 2019
    • Robana Hussain-Mills

    Practice nurses understand that continuing professional development (CPD) is key to ensuring their skills and knowledge are up-to-date. Practice nurses must have undertaken 35 hours of CPD relevant to practice nursing in the three-year period since their registration was last renewed, or when joining the register. Of those 35 hours of CPD, at least 20 hours must include participatory learning.

  • RCN calls for boost in number of school nurses

    • 28 Aug 2019
    • Mimi Launder

    There must be greater investment to boost the number of school nurses following a drop of nearly 30% since 2010, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned.

  • We need to be more positive about general practice, says new RCGP chair

    • 27 Aug 2019
    • Anviksha Patel

    General practice needs to be ‘talked up’ and made more ’attractive and stimulating’ in order to improve the profession, according to the RCGP’s incoming chair Professor Martin Marshall.

  • GPs being named a shortage occupation is not enough to stop the staffing crisis

    • 27 Aug 2019
    • Bethany Morris, Immigration Advice Service

    GPs being on the SOL is vital for the survival of health services, but fails to guarantee measures to reduce staff shortages, which could send the system into chaos.

  • What you need to consider when recruiting a practice pharmacist

    • 26 Jul 2019
    • Dr Richard West, GP in Suffolk and Chair of the Dispensing Doctors Association

    More and more practices are considering recruiting a pharmacist to help with workload, particularly with the new funding available through primary care networks (PCNs).

  • Offering nurses a salary while they return to practice will help the shortage

    • 24 Jul 2019
    • Annabel Bennett

    Annabel Bennett wanted to return to nursing but couldn’t afford to work unpaid while she did so. She believes removing that barrier will solve a lot of issues

  • How to ask your practice for CPD

    • 24 Jul 2019
    • Sandra Hawkins, Dina Goy and Judith Pashley

    So, you need some continuing professional development (CPD). But how are you going to get it? Where are you going to access this training? And, most importantly of all, how are you going to persuade your practice to provide the CPD?

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    Recruiting new staff to your GP practice

    • 22 Jul 2019
    • Steve Williams, co-chair of the Practice Management Network

    Top tips on how to attract the best candidates

  • Working life: Caring for elite triathletes

    • 9 Jul 2019

    Dr Tim Baker tells Pulse about volunteering at British Triathlon events

  • Debate: Is spirometry accreditation for practice nurses a good idea?

    • 28 Jun 2019

    With spirometry accreditation to be rolled out over the next couple of years, a practice nurse and a GP debate whether the scheme is worthwhile

  • One-year retention rates for nurses and midwives above UK average

    • 28 Jun 2019
    • Mimi Launder

    The one-year retention rate for nurses and midwives is above the UK workforce average, according to analysis of the retention of public sector workers from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

  • 'Urgent investment' needed in learning disability nursing, warns RCN

    • 28 Jun 2019
    • Mimi Launder

    Learning disability nursing needs 'urgent investment' to attract more staff with nurse numbers plummeting by over 40% over the last decade, analysis of NHS workforce data by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has revealed.