England: protect staff from prejudice, says race observatory

Healthcare leaders and employers must ensure staff are protected from all forms of racism, discrimination, bias or prejudice, says the NHS Race and Health Observatory (NHSRHO).

Northern Ireland: update on mental health action plan and care networks

Health minister Robin Swann reports that ‘substantial progress’ has been made in the 12 months since the Northern Ireland Mental Health Action Plan was published.

England: HEE boosts clinical placements in 2021-22 by £15m

Health Education England (HEE) has pledged extra funding to increase the number of placements offered to nursing, midwifery, allied health professional (AHP) and healthcare students from September 2021.

Scotland: £8m to support worker wellbeing after Covid

The Scottish Government has increased its wellbeing support budget this year by £3m to help its health and social care workforce recover from the pandemic.

Wales: disclosing ACEs forges better bonds with HVs

A study commissioned by the Welsh Government reveals that positive benefits are gained by all parties when health visitors enquire about caregivers’ adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) at routine visits.

England: workforce burnout at emergency levels, says committee

A report by the Health and Social Care Committee (HSCC) suggests that the future functioning of services is at grave risk, and calls for an overhaul of workforce planning.

Readership survey 2021: here's what you told us...

Sharing some key findings from the Community Practitioner 2021 readership survey.  Download the PDF, here. 

Caring during Covid: half of workforce are ‘overwhelmed’

In a survey asking about the impact of Covid on their work, 49.3% of health and social care workers said they felt overwhelmed by increased pressures, 46.1% felt impacted but not significantly – and only 4.6% said that their service had not been impacted or had been stepped down.

Northern Ireland: health minister details ambitions for rebuilding health

In a keynote statement to the Assembly in mid-April, health minister Robin Swann laid out the plans for rebuilding Northern Ireland’s health service.

Staff need support to deal with mental health challenges

Unite has called for action, including full consultation with unions, to deal with the mental health challenges faced by staff due to the pandemic.

Scotland: protection for staff with lifelimiting illness

NHS Scotland is adopting the Dying to Work Charter, which affords healthcare staff with life-limiting illness extra protections at work.

Funding boost for QNI community nurse support line

The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s TalktoUs telephone listening service has received a major funding boost from new charity Covid-19 Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA).

England: Unite says NHS reforms fail to address funding and recruitment

The Department of Health and Social Care set out legislative proposals NHS reforms in February in a white paper.

The power of words

Important reflections, emotional support and more honours.

Covid lessons: allies against inequality

Asha Day asks what lessons have been learned about health inequities during the pandemic, and what changes in risk assessments, vaccinations and structural racism are still needed. 

Scotland: interim pay rise for NHS Scotland agenda for change staff

Employees will receive an interim pay increase of 1% ahead of the final 2021-22 pay settlement, recognising ‘an exceptional year of significant pressure’. 

England: health workers face unequal COVID risk says Marmot review

In his latest report, Sir Michael Marmot says England entered the pandemic in a poor state of health, with inequalities already rising.

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