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Immigration rules preventing overseas doctors being recruited by the NHS have been branded "ludicrous and shameful" in the Lords. Former Lord Speaker Baroness Hayman warned patient care was being "compromised" by a shortage of doctors while recruits were being refused visas to enter the UK. For the Government, the Earl…
Staff working in adult residential care and nursing homes in Wales will be eligible for free flu vaccinations through NHS community pharmacies from this winter, Health and Social Services Secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced. NHS healthcare staff are already offered flu vaccination by NHS employers as part of occupational health…
More than one million health workers are to receive a pay rise worth 6.5% for most staff over the next three years, after the deal was accepted by those ranging from nurses to cleaners. Members of 13 unions representing hospital cleaners, nurses, security guards, physiotherapists, emergency call handlers, paramedics, midwives,…
The first result of a ballot among health workers on a three-year pay deal has shown massive rejection. Members of the GMB union voted against the proposed agreement, worth an average of 6.5%, by almost 9-1. The GMB, which represents tens of thousands of NHS staff, including ambulance workers, was…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Northern Ireland has published deeply concerning research findings detailing social workers’ experiences of being subjected to intimidation, threats and violence. Their report, Insult and Injury: Exploring the impacts of intimidation, threats and violence against social workers, presents the results of a survey open…
Some parents do not appreciate the importance of early education and teaching young children life skills such as how to communicate or use the toilet, it has been suggested. Some mothers and fathers do not know how to impart these skills and need more support in doing so, according to…
One in four early years workers have considered leaving the profession due to stress and mental health issues, according to a poll. It suggests that many nursery workers and childminders are concerned about the balance between their job and home life, while others say they have suffered issues such as…
The Government has been accused of a "masterclass in incompetence" over attempts to improve the criminal records checking scheme. A project to modernise the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has been marred by poor planning, delays and spiralling costs, according to a Commons report. The programme is more than four…
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) are inviting social workers to their Annual Meeting 2018 where they will launch and discuss their report on violence against the workforce. Taking place on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast, the report 'Intimidation, Threats and Violence Against…
The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has launched new learning resources to support early learning and childcare workers at a Scottish Government event in Glasgow. The free digital resources will support the workforce at a time of major expansion with recruitment of thousands of new workers to meet the Scottish…
New workplace guidance has been issued to help ensure businesses are following the law when managing staff who have a particular religion or belief. The conciliation service Acas suggested that religion is not mentioned in job adverts, and that workers do not miss out on promotion opportunities because of religious…
More than six times as many students from London took up places to study medicine and dentistry last year, compared to those from north-east England, Press Association analysis shows. The figures come amid a push by government and the profession to expand the workforce, including a move to open new…
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