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NHS Improvement has listened to RCN members and paused a ban on NHS nurses taking extra agency shifts within the organisation.

April 3, 2017

By: Richard Ward

The chief executive of NHS Improvement confirmed the U-turn in a letter this morning, after a campaign by the RCN and its members. The rule, which originally stated that trusts should ensure that staff engaged through an agency are not substantively employed elsewhere, was dropped a day before it was due to come into force....

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RCN condemns lack of consultation over NHS agency ban and says members should be free to work in ways that suit them best.

March 31, 2017

By: Richard Ward

RCN members in England have reacted angrily to a ban on trusts employing agency nurses whose main employment is in their own trust or another NHS trust. NHS Improvement wrote to trusts last month advising them of the new arrangements but neither the RCN nor the NHS Staff Council agreed the move and there was...

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New ban on agency staff will ‘remove a lifeline’ from the NHS

March 29, 2017

By: Richard Ward

The NHS staffing crisis will get worse because of new measures to restrict trusts from hiring agency nurses and locum doctors who are also employed as substantive staff in the NHS, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has warned.     A recent survey of 199 healthcare recruitment businesses found that in 48 per cent of...

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The RCN condemns the Government’s decision to continue with the 1% pay cap for NHS staff in England.

March 29, 2017

By: Richard Ward

The decision means nursing staff once again face a cut to their pay in real terms, a move which the RCN says will worsen already severe staffing shortages. Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive, said: “This deals a bitter blow to nursing staff across England. The nursing profession is rightly held in high regard but kind...

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An RCN Freedom of Information request shows a significant drop in the number of EU nurses coming to work in the UK since the Brexit vote.

March 29, 2017

By: Richard Ward

After the referendum in June last year, EU nurses joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register fell to fewer than 200 per month compared to nearly 800 a month for the same period in 2015. A separate FOI request has revealed that 2,700 EU nurses already working in the UK left the NMC register...

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Update – Rate Capping of Nurse Agency Workers

November 20, 2015

By: Richard Ward

As most people will be aware stage 1 of the rate capping of agency rates is due to take effect on Monday 23rd November. Situation so far: We have spoken to a number of trusts regarding rate capping. Our General Nurse rate for wards  is already below the 1st stage of the rate capping so currently unaffected. During...

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Department of Health (DoH) proposals

October 27, 2015

By: Richard Ward

I’m sure you aware from various media reports surrounding the Department of Health (DoH) proposals regarding agency staff. Keystone Healthcare wish to keep you up to date and fully informed regarding what is being discussed. There are two main Monitor documents. From 19th October 2015 trusts are mandated to take workers from Agencies providing through...

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Keystone Healthcare’s New Home

June 23, 2015

By: Richard Ward

On the 27th June 2015, we moved into our new home.

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