Chancellor disappoints nurses and GPs
Spring statement offered no hope on GP pensions or an end to nursing bursaries Related items fromOnMedica Over half of GPs plan to leave within five years Steep rise in early retirement for hospital doctors Vital that parties tackle NHS funding shortfall Paediatrician shortfall jeopardising child health services Doctors bear burden of Government ’s financial failure (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Applicants to nursing degrees have risen across all four UK countries
But still 13,150 fewer in England since removal of bursary and well below peak of 2014 Related items fromOnMedica Nearly a quarter of student nurses quit before graduation Rethink study funds for nurses to bolster headcount, government urged Brexit could leave health and social care 51,000 nurses short More than £1bn investment needed to save nurse education Lack of nurses linked to increased risk of patient death (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nurse degree applications rise 4% but concerns remain
Applications to study nursing in England have increased slightly from last year but are still down 30% since student bursaries were scrapped, latest figures reveal. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cochrane's 30 under 30: Ammar Sabouni
Cochrane is made up of  13,000 members and over 50,000 supporters come from more than 130 countries, worldwide. Our volunteers and contributors are researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, people passionate about improving health outcomes for everyone, everywhere.Cochrane is an incredible community of people who all play their part in improving health and healthcare globally. We believe that by putting trusted evidence at the heart of health decisions we can achieve a world of improved health for all.  Many  of our contributors are young people working with Cochrane ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Health minister bows to pressure to rethink student nurse funding
New health minister Stephen Hammond today pledged to consider proposals to reintroduce bursaries for student nurses after hearing about the struggles faced by those currently studying, (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Student nurses to lobby MPs as bursary row reaches Parliament
The future of student nurse funding will be the topic of discussion at Westminster today as campaigners demand the government reverses “disastrous” cuts to nursing education budgets. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Government ‘short-changing’ nurses on education and training, says UNISON ahead of Westminster debate
UNISON is urging MPs to highlight the urgent need for substantial investment in education and training for nurses and other healthcare staff.   The call comes ahead of a special debate later today (Wednesday) in Parliament on the future of nurse education funding that, the union says, has been severely hit by cuts.   The number of people applying for and taking up places on nursing courses has fallen dramatically, says UNISON, as a result of the government replacing the NHS bursary with tuition fees and student loans.   To make matters worse, there are currently more than 41,000 nursing vacancies in England,...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release apprenticeships education and training nurses Source Type: news

MP and former nurse to lead debate calling for return of student bursary
A nurse-turned-MP will call on the government to reinstate bursaries for nursing students during a debate in parliament this week. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Corbyn challenges prime minister on student nurse bursary removal
Theresa May has been accused of failing to respond after she was challenged on the scrapping of nursing bursaries during a heated Prime Minister ’s Questions today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 24, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Care staffing in the NHS: the good, the bad and the promising
BPP University School of Nursing - The NHS is the biggest employer in England and the fifth biggest in the world. But it is struggling to recruit enough nurses and care staff. In 2018, BPP approached 220 NHS trusts in England - of which 89 per cent responded as part of this report. While it is clear that NHS trusts are having to deal with budgetary pressures and a skills shortage which may be exacerbated by Brexit, they are also facing significant changes to their traditional training models. This includes factors such as cuts to bursaries and the declining numbers of those applying for nursing degrees.ReportMore deta...
Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection - October 23, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Workforce and employment Source Type: news

Government says nurse bursaries will not return despite petition
The government has been forced to defend its decision to scrap bursaries for nursing students in England, after a petition calling for the grants to be reinstated attracted widespread support. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Scottish student nurse and midwife bursaries rise to £10,000
Nicola  Sturgeon has today announced plans to increase bursaries for nursing and midwifery students in Scotland. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Funding for young scientists advances medical research
International mobility fosters scientific exchange, a key element in advances in all areas of the life sciences. An EU-funded project supports this by awarding bursaries to postdoctoral scientists for research and training abroad - boosting Europe's capacity to make groundbreaking advances in medical research. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 1, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Nursing student left struggling after losing bursary while off sick
A student nurse has criticised a “loop hole” in the bursary system that has left her struggling to make ends meet for taking time out from her studies to recover from mental health problems. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Student nurses flag challenges facing learning disability sector
Learning disability nursing students who qualified for a bursary have admitted they may not have embarked on their studies if the funding was not available. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 3, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Meet our NHS
Kalliopi Kolagki, front centre, with colleagues at Watford General          © Jess Hurd Kalliopi Kolagki is a nurse in the Accident and Emergency ward of Watford General Hospital. Originally from Greece, she’s been in Watford for 18 months and is one of hundreds of EU workers on the hospital staff. She’s enthusiastic and professional, and speaks of her experience as “very positive”. But she also has a very particular anecdote that speaks volumes about today’s NHS, for good and ill. “On the shop floor – that’s how we talk of A&E – I&rsqu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Magazine BREXIT eu migrant NHS recruitment Source Type: news

Over 250,000 people sign petition calling for student minimum wage
A petition calling for student nurses to be paid a minimum living wage, following the scrapping of the bursary, has been signed by over 250,000 people since it was set up three weeks ago. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 20, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

12% fall in England ’s nurse training applications in past year
Nurse leaders say removal of student bursary has been 'disaster' Related items fromOnMedica MPs must fight for long-term funding for NHS and social care GP contract for England brings overall 3.4% increase Scottish government pledges ‘significant investment’ in primary care New figures shine spotlight on nurse shortages NHS performance figures paint ‘extremely worrying picture’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scrapping of bursary partly behind drop in mature students
Fewer mature students are applying to go to university with the scrapping of the nursing bursary partly to blame for the decline, says the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 6, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Tax cut for rich means billions lost to Exchequer
Cutting income tax for people earning more than £1m per year has deprived the Exchequer of more than £11.1bn over the past sixyears, according to new analysis by UNISON published today (Sunday). The government’s decision to reduce the top rate of income tax from 50p to 45p in April 2013 has also saved the rich hundreds of thousands of pounds, while public sector workers have not had a decent pay rise in years, says the union. An examination of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) statistics by UNISON shows that between 15,000 and 19,000 taxpayers earned in excess of £1m over the past sixyears. This is si...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis government nurses public services social care Tax UNISON Source Type: news

‘The work you do saves and transforms lives’
Labour shadow education secretary and UNISON member Angela Rayner outlined a number of key public sector aims of a future Labour government, in a rousing speech in Brighton today. These would include introducing a “genuine” pay bargaining body for all education staff, bringing back the NHS bursaries for nurses and restoring the Union Learning Fund to pre-Tory government levels. “The Tories will always thank you for the work you do,” she told delegates. “But Labour will always pay you for the job you do.” Remembering her days as a UNISON activist, Ms Rayner joked that in her first nationa...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article 2018 National Delegate Conference education labour link Labour Party NDC 2018 Source Type: news

‘The work you do saves and transforms lives’ – Angela Rayner
Labour shadow education secretary and UNISON member Angela Rayner outlined a number of key public sector aims of a future Labour government, in a rousing speech in Brighton today. These would include introducing a “genuine” pay bargaining body for all education staff, bringing back the NHS bursaries for nurses and restoring the Union Learning Fund to pre-Tory government levels. “The Tories will always thank you for the work you do,” she told delegates. “But Labour will always pay you for the job you do.” Remembering her days as a UNISON activist, Ms Rayner joked that in her first nationa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 22, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article 2018 National Delegate Conference education labour link Labour Party NDC 2018 Source Type: news

Postgrad student nurses in struggling specialties to receive ‘golden hellos’
Postgraduates choosing to study areas of nursing with the worst recruitment difficulties will be offered “golden hellos” worth £10,000, in a move designed to mitigate losing the bursary. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 10, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

MPs to vote on scrapping bursary for postgrad nursing students
The government will face a vote in the House of Commons later today on its plans to extend the scrapping of the bursary for student nurses in England to postgraduates as well. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

London learning disability and school nursing courses at risk
London South Bank University has launched a consultation about whether to close its learning disability nursing programmes permanently following a drop in applications since student bursaries were removed in England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 3, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Welsh ministers pledge student bursary will continue during 2019
Student nurses and midwives in Wales will continue to receive a bursary in 2019, the country ’s health secretary has confirmed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 23, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Opportunity for some keen tweeters to come to the Cochrane Colloquium 2018
Announcing a great opportunity for some keen tweeters to come to the Cochrane Colloquium 2018 (with free registration, accommodation and a travel bursary) as part of the #BeyondTheRoom team.We ’re really excited about this. Not ‘excited’ as in “we know we need to appear enthusiastic about this and this is an easy word to reach for” kind of excited, but actually excited!In Edinburgh this September (Sunday 16th – Tuesday 18th) Cochrane UK is hosting Cochrane’s annual global conference, the Cochrane Colloquium. It will bring together around 1200 people who are interested in ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - April 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Stipends deadline for Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh 2018
Stipend applications closing Friday 27 April 2018A number of stipends and bursaries are available to help consumers and other attendees based in developing countries to attend Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh 2018.The stipends (funding you can apply for, if eligible) are to help cover registration, travel, accommodation, and other expenses associated with attending the 2018 Colloquium.Cochrane are providing stipends for: 1) Cochrane Consumers; 2) Cochrane contributors living in low-, lower-middle-, (LMIC) and upper-middle-income countries (UMIC); 3) students living in LMIC and UMIC countries.The deadline for applying is Frida...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - April 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Warning new course rating system will exacerbate bursary loss
Universities fear plans for a new ranking system that accounts for graduate earnings when assessing the quality of teaching for different subjects could disadvantage nursing courses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

One last attempt to save NHS bursaries, says UNISON
Commenting on plans that would see a parliamentary debate after Easter recess on government plans to scrap postgraduate student nursing bursaries, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:  “The government needs to admit it got this one very wrong. “Official figures show that government penny-pinching is deterring a whole generation of nurses and other health professionals from their chosen career in the NHS. “The toxic combination of underfunded services, wage stagnation and increased pressure on services has created a whole new uncertainly into which graduates are understandably not willing to enter ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Clare Santry Tags: Press release NHS NHS bursary nursing Source Type: news

Hunt cites bursary and Brexit as reasons for ‘nursing workforce concern’
Jeremy Hunt has acknowledged to nurse leaders in England that the NHS workforce is his “biggest worry” and that the fall since last year in the number of nursing staff is of particular concern. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing by association
Elizabeth Bayliss and Kareema McCarthy. Pictures: Marcus Rose ALTHOUGH Elizabeth Bayliss and Kareema McCarthy work at the same hospital, Kettering General in the East Midlands, they have only recently become friends – not on the wards, but at university. That’s because the pair, who a few months ago were both healthcare assistants in different parts of the hospital, are now part of the pilot scheme to create a new breed of healthcare professional – the nursing associate. Posited as a role that sits between the healthcare assistant and the registered nurse, with its own level of knowledge and skills, it in...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article Magazine NHS NHS bursary NHS staff recruitment nursing associates Source Type: news

Stipends now open for Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh 2018
Stipend applications open until Friday 27 April 2018A number of stipends and bursaries are available to help consumers and other attendees based in developing countries to attend Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh 2018.The stipends (funding you can apply for, if eligible)  are to help cover registration, travel, accommodation, and other expenses associated with attending the 2018 Colloquium.Cochrane are providing stipends for: 1) Cochrane Consumers; 2) individuals living in low-, lower-middle-, (LMIC) and upper-middle-income countries (UMIC); 3) students living in LMIC and UMIC countries.The deadline for applying is Friday...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - March 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

University to offer new scholarship for postgraduate courses
A university in the capital has announced a new scholarship scheme for postgraduates wanting to study nursing, in the wake of the government ’s scrapping of bursaries in England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 6, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing student numbers: should we panic yet?
A blog looking at the impact of the withdrawal of bursaries for student nurses on recruitment to nursing degree courses. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Short-sighted' removal of bursaries for postgraduate student nurses
Postgraduate pre-registration nursing and midwifery students in England will no longer receive bursaries to cover their tuition fees and living costs, the government has confirmed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Applicants to nursing courses fall for second year since bursary end
The number of people from England applying to train as a nurse has fallen for a second year in a row, dropping by a further 13% compared with the same point in 2017, official figures have shown. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 5, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘ You can be a mother, daughter, sister and engineer if you wish ’
UNISON’s women’s conference opened its second day with a passionate debate on the lack of women working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Speakers in Liverpool discussed the need to remove the stigma around STEM subjects in order to increase female participation. Angela Wall from Kirklees spoke passionately about her career as an electrical engineer. Janis Ford, a career’s adviser from Hertfordshire, told delegates about the importance of impartial advice for young women from careers advisers. Yvonne Watson from Grampian health branch talked about her sister, a technician in the navy w...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article News 2018 Women's Conference equalities equality women members Source Type: news

The government must turn back the tide on NHS nursing shortages, says UNISON
This report is the latest alarm bell on the NHS staffing crisis. The government must heed these warnings if it wants to turn back the tide on NHS nursing shortages. “The reasons for the drop in the number of nurses are, amongst other things, the result of excessive workloads, ongoing pay restraint, a lack of on-the-job training, and uncertainty surrounding Brexit. “Disturbingly, the report highlights that nurses feel undervalued – a damning indictment of the government neglecting a workforce held in high esteem by the public. “The foolishness of abolishing the NHS bursary for healthcare students is ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 26, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Clare Santry Tags: Article NHS nurses nursing Source Type: news

UNISON comments on rising number of nurses leaving the NHS
Commenting on the BBC story that a rising number of nurses are leaving the health service, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said today (Wednesday): “The pressure on the NHS is at an all time high. It’s highly damaging that so many nurses are leaving the NHS so soon after qualifying. But new recruits are quickly realising that the demands placed on them are unrealistic and overwhelming.  “More experienced nurses are also leaving due to heavy workloads and the ongoing pay restraint, which has left them feeling unvalued and taken for granted for too long. “The government needs to ensure nursing i...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS bursary nhs pay NHS pressures nurses student nurses Source Type: news

University attempts to lure student nurses with financial benefits
Funding totalling £1,500 is to be made available to all new adult nursing students next year, a higher education institution has announced in the wake of the bursary cuts in England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pay rises above 1% revealed for nursing staff in Scotland budget
The Scottish government has revealed its draft financial plans for the next financial year, including pay rises above 1% for nursing staff and confirming the continuation of bursaries for student nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS workforce strategy
Will it address the challenges facing nursing? Related items fromOnMedica Action plan to revive general practice nursing Plans to scrap nurse bursaries will lead to staff shortages Nurses and midwives are leaving the profession in droves NHS pay cap contributed to workforce crisis, says think tank Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - December 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

UNISON shows its continuing commitment to adult learning
UNISON is to show its continuing commitment to adult learning today (Tuesday) by reaffirming two separate partnership agreements with the Open University and the WEA. The agreements with the two learning organisations are due to be signed later today at the union’s headquarters in London. UNISON’s relationship with the Open University first began in 1997. Since then around 7,000 public service employees who belong to the union have enrolled upon a wide range of accredited courses, right up to degree level. Many of the learners have also been able to take advantage of UNISON’s bursary and grant scheme to h...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 5, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release learning and organising open university UNISON Source Type: news

Drop in nursing applications is disappointing
Responding to the latest figures on undergraduate nursing applications published by UCAS today (Monday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “It’s disappointing that the number of student nursing applications is down 18%. Unfortunately the government’s decision to scrap the bursary has clearly deterred people from pursuing a career in nursing. “The drop in older applicants is particularly worrying. It suggests that the fear of heavy debts is putting off people who might be switching careers or have family to support. It’s really important that NHS staff reflect the communities they serve, ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release bursary NHS nursing Sara Gorton save the NHS bursary Source Type: news

Blog: Tax cuts for the rich have cost the country dear
When it comes to austerity, the Conservatives have often argued that “there is no alternative”. When he was Chancellor, George Osborne inflicted painful spending cuts on our country, our communities and our public services. Now, of course, George Osborne has sought to reinvent himself as a small ‘l’ liberal and a newspaper editor. Yet the choices he made – and they were choices – still have a lasting impact. The prime advocate of the “no alternative” doctrine may have left Parliament, but the effect of his cuts will be felt for generations. Yet the brutal approach to public s...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News budget Tax Source Type: news

Tax cut for rich means billions lost to Exchequer
Cutting the income tax for people earning more than £1m per year has deprived the Exchequer of more than £8.6bn over the past five years, according to new analysis by UNISON published today (Sunday). The April 2013 decision to cut the top rate of income tax from 50p to 45p has also saved the richest people in the country hundreds of thousands of pounds in that time, while public sector workers haven’t had a decent pay rise in years, says the union. An examination of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) statistics by UNISON shows that in the five years since the then Chancellor, George Osborne, introduced the t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis government public services Tax Tax avoidance Source Type: news

Nearly £100m spent on temp staffing for midwifery
RCM accuses government of ‘short-termism’ Related items fromOnMedica Anger as government axes nurse and midwife bursaries BME nurses and midwives more likely to be referred to regulator Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Midwives and doctors need more training on tackling smoking in pregnancy Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 31, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge
A report from the Health Foundation analyses trends in the NHS workforce. It focuses on two pressure points: the impact of the removal of the NHS bursary on student nurse numbers, and staff retention. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 31, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge.
This report analyses the profile and trends of the NHS workforce, in particular focusing on the impact of the removal of the NHS bursary on student nurse numbers and staff retention. The report highlights that national policy and planning for the NHS workforce in England is not fit for purpose, reinstating the need for a sustained and nationally focused approach to workforce policy and planning. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news