NHS England have released a draft workforce strategy document and launched a consultation on its contents. The document was produced by Health Education England and sets out the workforce plans on cancer, mental health, maternity, primary and community care and urgent and emergency care, looking forward to 2027.
The Scottish Government have published a report on health and social care service resilience over public holidays. The report was commissioned following the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Scotland (RCEM) call for a review of the resilience of all urgent care services over public holidays, primarily prolonged Christmas and Easter festival periods. A number of recommendations are made to ensure that services are provided through holiday periods.
The publication of the report was accompanied by an announcement of winter resilience funds for NHS Boards in Scotland and publication of a supplementary report showing data analysis from ISD Scotland.
A World Health Organization (WHO) Good Practice Brief has been published outlining the future demand for health and care workers in England to deal with the growing numbers of people living with long-term conditions. The horizon scanning exercise identified a rising demand for caring skills that typically dont require high levels of registration or training, such as those offered by health-care assistants, junior nurses, nursing associates, support workers and housekeepers. The publication is from work done by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence, part of the Department of Health.
ISD Scotland have released a report on the General Practice workforce and practice list sizes from 2007 to 2017 in Scotland. The report presents information on the GP workforce contracted to work in Scottish practices, information about the number of GP practices and profile of patients registered. The data is available at NHS Board and local authority level. there is a publication summary and a full report.
The Scottish Government have published the fifth implementation plan for the ‘Everyone Matters’ workforce strategy for NHS Scotland. The plan covers the period 2018 to March 2020 and focuses on progressing the previous plans and contributing to five priority areas: healthy organisational culture, sustainable workforce, capable workforce, workforce to deliver integrated services and effective leadership and management.
The Scottish Government Health Secretary has ordered an independent review into concerns around A&E waiting times figures for NHS Lothian. The Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, chaired by Professor Derek Bell, have been asked to review the practices at NHS Lothian following allegations from a ‘whistleblower’. The review is to report early in the 2018.
The issue was also debated in the Scottish Parliament.
ISD Scotland have released the annual figures on delayed discharge in NHS Scotland. The figures include information on the number of bed days occupied by people delayed in their discharge from hospital and the average number of delays across monthly census points. There is also information on the proportion of all hospital beds occupied by delayed discharges, the bed day rate and the latest available estimated cost information (2015/16). The publication summary contains a link to the full report.