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The NHS is on course to spend £1 billion on agency nursing staff by the end of the year due to a "payday loan attitude towards workforce planning", a report has claimed. Details uncovered by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) estimate NHS trusts will be spending an average of…
The Social Work Strategy team at Health & Social Care Services in Northern Ireland (HSCNI) is considering the concept of job rotation and how this could be used within social work. It is proposed that in order to assess the viability of job rotation for social work that a 12…
A campaign is being launched to highlight the extra hours of unpaid work nursing staff are putting in every week. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said nurses were "propping up" the NHS as it goes through one of the most challenging times in its history. Nurses and healthcare assistants…
Nominations for this years Wales Care Awards, recognising the contribution of the social care workforce, are now being accepted. Care Forum Wales, in association with the Social Care institute for Excellence, will host the awards ceremony on November 6, 2015, at City Hall, Cardiff. If someone in your organisation or…
A strike by health workers in Northern Ireland is set to go ahead despite a proposed pay deal drawn up after lengthy talks between unions and the Government in Westminster. A walkout planned by NHS staff in England was suspended so union members could be consulted on a new offer.…
The BBC is to highlight the plight of low-paid care workers and their journey to find employment through a care agency, HCA Professionals. They Inside Out London programme, presented by Matthew Wright (pictured), claims the agency took took hundreds of pounds from applicants to pay for Disclosure and Barring Service…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) are undertaking a project titled ‘The View From Here’ which aims to understand practitioners’ experiences of delivering care and support in Scotland. This project asks people, over one week, to record their experiences of delivering care and support using qualitative,…
The Care Council for Wales (CCW) has published its sixth annual profile of residential child care managers and workers. The profile provides data for planners, decision makers and the Welsh Government. It will also be of interest to service providers and managers to compare their service with the national benchmarks.…
Alan Baird, Chief Social Work Adviser to the Scottish Government, shares his sector news and views in his brand new blog, Talking Social Services. Since my last blog, the new First Minister has announced a number of important ministerial changes including new Cabinet Secretaries in Education and Lifelong Learning, Health,…
Over 70,000 people are now registered to work in social services in Scotland. This was one of the main highlights as the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) released its annual report and accounts for 2013/14 this week. The 2013-2014 report also shows a 16% increase in the number of new…
Workers on zero-hours contracts earn nearly £300 a week less than permanent employees, according to a new report. A study by the TUC showed that average weekly earnings for zero-hours workers are £188, compared to £479 for people on permanent contracts. The union organisation said its research also revealed that…
Healthcare academics at Birmingham City University have developed a new approach to moving and handling training which has seen a 92% reduction in student injuries whilst on placement in a variety of healthcare settings. The posture awareness programme was introduced in 2009 and last year saw 7120 students go through…