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Nursing has been left in "managed decline" due to decisions over funding, it has been warned, as figures show a further drop in student numbers. The number of nursing students from England taking places at UK universities has fallen by 4% from last year and 11% since 2016 when bursaries…
The loss of learning disability specialists could lead to a return to Victorian-style care, leading nurses have warned. The number of learning disability nurses in England dropped by 40% from 5,368 in May 2010 to 3,247 in April 2018, figures from NHS Digital show. Many patients may end up being…
The Government has been urged to address the "untenable" staffing shortage in the NHS, as figures reveal some trusts are relying on agency staff for months on end. At least 3,700 staff members have worked at least one shift per month at the same trust for more than a year,…
Hundreds of thousands of young children are at risk of falling behind before they start school because they do not have access to specially qualified early years workers, according to a charity. Save The Children says that there is a shortage of around 11,000 early years teachers in England. It…
Care workers must be prioritised under new migration rules to stop a post-Brexit shortfall in provision that would leave women quitting work to look after elderly relatives, according to a leaked government report. In the "worst case scenario" where European Union migrants were stopped from coming to the UK, there…
A new project to help the social care sector in Wales plan its workforce requirements post-Brexit has been announced by the Welsh Government. £200,000 has been allocated from the Welsh Government’s EU Transition Fund to fund research into how the Brexit process could impact on the social care workforce in…
Nursing vacancies are one of the "biggest threats" facing the health service, a leading think tank has warned. One in 10 nursing posts are unfilled, the Health Foundation said. The remarks come as the nursing and midwifery regulator announced that it would be making it easier for foreign nurses to…
Hundreds of new mental health workers will be trained up and introduced to schools from next year to help boost young people's wellbeing. Seven universities and colleges will offer education mental health practitioner courses from January under Government plans. The first teams of trained specialists will begin working at schools…
Applications to nursing courses have dropped by a third in the two years since bursaries for students were axed, figures show. The number of people in England applying to begin training fell from 51,840 in 2016 to 35,260 this year, according to Ucas, representing a decline of almost 32%. There…
NHS nurses "don't feel able to provide the level of care they should be" due to low staffing numbers, leading nurses have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that nurses on the front line are "finding it increasingly difficult to do the job". In an interview with the…
The NHS in England has launched the biggest recruitment drive in its history to encourage schoolchildren to work in the health service. The health service, which is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its creation this week, ended the last financial year with almost 100,000 vacancies. The new £8 million recruitment…
Nearly every GP surgery in England is short of a family doctor, a leading medic has warned. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said there is a "crisis" in the GP workforce. Many doctors are so overwhelmed with workload pressures that they feel they are "not providing a safe enough service", the chairwoman…
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