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Chart of the week: How serious is the fall in job satisfaction among midwives?

Data story 28/04/2022

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. The recent NHS staff survey showed worrying results across all staff groups, but it was midwives who reported the sharpest decline in how satisfied they are in their work. Lucina Rolewicz takes a...

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The long goodbye? Exploring rates of staff leaving the NHS and social care

Explainer 09/02/2022

In this explainer, Billy Palmer and Lucina Rolewicz take stock of what is known and not known about the numbers of staff leaving NHS and social care roles, and the reasons given for moving on.

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Chart of the week: The rise, fall and rise again of NHS staff sickness absences

Data story 12/01/2022

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. With staff absences in the NHS having been in the headlines recently, Billy Palmer looks at the daily number of staff absent through sickness or self-isolation across NHS acute trusts in England...

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Chart of the week: The tumbling numbers of social care staff

Data story 01/12/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. The care sector has long struggled to recruit and retain staff, but new statistics reveal more about the depth of the workforce crisis in social care right now. Billy Palmer looks at the change i...

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Chart of the week: How many care home staff in England have received two Covid-19 vaccine doses?

Data story 18/11/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. After the deadline passed last week, care home staff in England now need to have received two Covid-19 jabs to carry on working. In this week’s chart, Nina Hemmings looks at how many had been v...

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How to minimise the negative consequences of compulsory vaccines for NHS staff?

Blog post 12/11/2021Billy Palmer

It was announced this week that front-line NHS staff in England must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from April next year. Given that the policy now exists, what can be done to mitigate the downsides? Billy Palmer describes the lessons to learn from other countries and sectors, and states five...

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NHS does not have the fundamentals in place to tackle discrimination, report warns

Press release 08/11/2021

Despite considerable effort and countless initiatives, inequality between NHS staff groups is persisting or even getting worse.

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Attracting, supporting and retaining a diverse NHS workforce

Report 08/11/2021Nina Hemmings | Helen Buckingham | Camille Oung | Billy Palmer

The vital work of the NHS would be impossible without the contribution of a broad range of people, and a diverse and inclusive workforce ensures better care for patients. Yet despite considerable efforts and initiatives, it is clear that issues such as discrimination and harassment are present at ev...

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Taking stock: is the government meeting its commitments to increase NHS staff numbers?

Blog post 29/10/2021Lucina Rolewicz

The government’s 2019 manifesto included ambitious targets to increase the numbers of nurses and GPs in the NHS. Lucina Rolewicz takes a look at performance against these targets since the 2019 election and outlines some of the broader challenges in staffing health services.

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What has been the impact of Covid-19 across the UK countries?

Blog post 15/10/2021Sarah Scobie

While every health service across the United Kingdom has faced unprecedented pressures over the past year and a half, UK-wide reporting has masked any differences in peaks and troughs across the four countries. In this explainer, Sarah Scobie takes a closer look at the pandemic across the UK so far...

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