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'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

Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’
Report describes recruitment problems and instability Related items fromOnMedica Will removing bursaries for student nurses actually lead to more nursing staff? College welcomes plans for overseas GP recruitment GP recruitment numbers rise slowly Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Shortages are compromising patient care, new report warns (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

University gets overseas donation to support student nurses
The University of Wolverhampton has announced that it has received its first overseas bursary donation, from a family in the US, which will go towards supporting a nursing student. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 26, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Why a career in mental health nursing is not 'just a job ’
Trust chief executive Sam Allen shares why Sussex Partnership is throwing its weight behind promoting the mental health nursing profession Related items fromOnMedica Number of EU nurses registering drops by 96% Will removing bursaries for student nurses actually lead to more nursing staff? England faces a shortfall of 42,000 nurses by 2020 NHS to boost mental health staff numbers Plans to scrap nurse bursaries will lead to staff shortages (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - October 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Exclusive: University cancels learning disability course in wake of bursary removal
A London university has been forced to cancel its undergraduate learning disability nursing course this year because too few suitable people applied following the removal of student bursaries. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 6, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

It ’s about time the government addressed the impact of scrapping the nursing bursary
Responding to the government’s announcement today (Tuesday) that it will increase the number of training places for nurses, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “It’s about time the government addressed the impact of their decision to scrap the nursing bursary. Young people have been put off training to become nurses because of this shortsighted policy. “UNISON strongly supports apprenticeships for nurses, but these only work if the government provides sufficient support and funding. Only a handful of the new nursing apprenticeships promised by the government last year have actuall...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS NHS bursary nursing nursing students Sara Gorton save the NHS bursary Source Type: news

The government needs to address the impact of scrapping the nursing bursary
Responding to the government’s announcement today (Tuesday) that it will increase the number of training places for nurses, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “It’s about time the government addressed the impact of their decision to scrap the nursing bursary. Young people have been put off training to become nurses because of this shortsighted policy. “UNISON strongly supports apprenticeships for nurses, but these only work if the government provides sufficient support and funding. Only a handful of the new nursing apprenticeships promised by the government last year have actuall...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS NHS bursary nursing nursing students Sara Gorton save the NHS bursary Source Type: news

Are we heading for a nurse and midwife crisis?
The media is full of reports that we are in, or heading towards, a nursing crisis. That is to say, a huge shortage of them. But are we really? We dive into the data to find out. First of all, we need to consider the shortage of nurses that already exists. There isn’t one definitive number for how many nurses we’re currently lacking. One figure frequently cited is 20,000, and analysis by the Health Service Journal said that last October 96% per cent of acute hospitals failed to provide the planned number of registered nurses to cover day shifts. So, what we can say is that we don’t currently have enough. T...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article P.S data health NHS nurse nurses Source Type: news

Famous friends of the NHS
“The crisis in the NHS has been caused by political decisions.” Words not from a Labour politician or even a trade unionist, but from (probably) the most intelligent person of our era. Stephen Hawking, renowned 75-year-old physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, recently made a passionate speech condemning the Conservatives for slashing funding and weakening our NHS. “The more profit is extracted from the system, the more private monopolies grow and the more expensive healthcare becomes. The NHS must be preserved from commercial interests and protected from those who want to privatise it,” ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 5, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article Source Type: news

NHS bursary reform fails to increase student nurses
The government ’s plan to expand the number of nurse training places by scrapping the NHS bursary appears to have failed, the latest data suggests. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Fighting for the right to nurse
As a teenager Emily Heron had her career all mapped out – and it was quite unusual. Emily planned to be an aeronautical engineer with the RAF. She had completed an engineering diploma (the only female to do so at that time) and was taking A’ Levels with a view to embarking on officer training in the Air Force. She was a young woman on a mission. But then her life took a completely different turn. Five years ago Emily’s father was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. He would need to go on dialysis. And his condition and its treatment were compounded by mental health issues. Emily wasn’t living at ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 11, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Magazine 2017 Health Care Service Group Conference fighting cuts and privatisation in the NHS NHS bursary save the NHS bursary student nurses Source Type: news

Patients and staff ‘paying the price’ for Theresa May’s premiership, says UNISON
Commenting on NHS England statistics covering Theresa May’s first year as Prime Minister, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today (Thursday) said: “Patients are clearly paying the price for Theresa May’s time in Downing Street. Staff too are struggling to cope, delivering more with less while their pay lags ever further behind inflation. “It’s no surprise that a record number of nurses, midwives, paramedics are choosing to leave the NHS. And the lack of social care investment means many patients are stuck in hospital instead of getting care at home. “But it is not too late for t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 10, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release NHS England Source Type: news

Blog: Theresa May has presided over a year of harm to our health service
Theresa May has now been the Prime Minister for a year. In that year she has contrived to lose her majority in Parliament, her political authority and her credibility as a leader. After being roundly rejected by the British people, Theresa May should have left Downing Street for good. Yet it’s not only herself and her party she’s done damage to, she’s also presided over a year of harm to our health service. Statistics released today show the full impact of May’s tenure – and it makes grim reading for everyone who works in our NHS or relies on it. Millions have been forced to wait more than fou...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 10, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News NHS theresa may Source Type: news

UNISON comments on government NHS staffing plan
Responding to government plans to provide an extra 10,000 training places for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “These new posts are nowhere near enough to make up for the number of UK and EU nurses and midwives leaving the NHS. “Staff shortages, huge workloads, the withdrawal of the nursing bursary and the pay cap mean the NHS is a less attractive career option. “This needs to be addressed with a long term plan to ensure the service is adequately staffed and by giving staff a decent pay rise.&rdquo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 9, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release NHS staff NHS staff recruitment Source Type: news

University aims to close nurse gender gap with bursary
A university in the Midlands has announced what it believes to be the first financial incentive scheme aimed at encouraging more men to apply for its nursing and midwifery degree courses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Student nurses and midwives stop getting bursaries from today
The scrapping of bursaries for trainee nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in England comes into force today, marking the end of free university education for healthcare students. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 1, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS staff: How many foreign staff work in the NHS?
As training bursaries end, Reality Check looks at the figures for NHS workers from overseas. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How many foreign staff work in the NHS?
As training bursaries end, Reality Check looks at the figures for NHS workers from overseas. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Action plan to revive general practice nursing
More nurses needed to deal with complexities of ageing population Related items fromOnMedica Third of general practice nurses set to retire by 2020 The vital voice of the commissioning nurse Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Nurses 'unable to afford basic necessities' Plans to scrap nurse bursaries will lead to staff shortages (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: English universities reducing nurse training places
Some of the universities that have chosen to reduce the size of their nursing courses in the wake of the removal of bursaries in England are revealed for the first time today by Nursing Times. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing course applicants remain down by 23% at final deadline
The number of people in England applying to train as a nurse at university continues to be down by 23% this year after the removal of bursaries, according to the latest official data marking the end of the main application period. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing bursary fraud case cost NHS £89k
The NHS organisation responsible for tackling fraud has launched a bid to reclaim around £89,000 from a student who faked her identity and invented dependent children to secure nursing bursaries. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 7, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

English employers 'may buy nurses out of Wales NHS' under bursary change
Short-staffed employers in England may end up paying off fees for nurses who train in Wales to tempt them over the border to work for them soon after they graduate, according to the chair of a new group representing Welsh university nursing departments. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 7, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS seeks to reclaim thousands from nursing bursary fraud
The NHS ’s anti-fraud organisation has launched a bid to reclaim almost £89,000 from a mature student who invented children to claim nursing bursaries. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UNISON comments on latest NMC figures on UK nurses leaving the NHS ‎
Commenting on the latest NMC figures, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “With both UK and EU nurses leaving, the NHS is heading towards a serious staffing crisis. The country simply isn’t training enough nurses to make up for those who are leaving. Scrapping the bursary and introducing tuition fees have only made matters worse. “Many organisations, including the NHS pay review body have warned that the pay freeze was not sustainable. Nurses’ and midwives’ pay has been held down for too many years, despite demand for their expertise growing. So it is no surprise they are leaving the NHS. ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 3, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS nurse Source Type: news

Number of UK nurses and midwives falling
And the downward trend is most pronounced among British staff Related items fromOnMedica Will removing bursaries for student nurses actually lead to more nursing staff? England faces a shortfall of 42,000 nurses by 2020 Number of EU nurses registering drops by 96% The vital voice of the commissioning nurse Nurses 'unable to afford basic necessities' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Jeremy Corbyn: “ My thanks to everybody from UNISON for all that you did ”
This is the full text of the speech Jeremy Corbyn gave to UNISON’s national delegate conference on Friday. “Thank you for inviting me here today to your annual conference. It is a great pleasure to be back in Brighton for the first time since the election. Not only did the Labour Party increase our majority in Hove from just over 1,000 to almost 19,000 but we also gained Brighton Kemptown. The brilliant Lloyd Russell-Moyle turned a Tory majority of almost 700 into a Labour majority of 10,000, the biggest majority that any MP of any party has ever had in that constituency. Here in the South-East overall, Labour ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 26, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2017 NDC delegate conference jeremy corbyn labour link Labour Party national delegate conference 2017 ndc 2017 Source Type: news

National delegate conference hails inspiring speech from Jeremy Corbyn
“The Labour Party and the labour movement: united for the many – not for the few. Be of good cheer – the election will come soon!” That was the message from Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn when he spoke to UNISON’s national delegate conference in Brighton this morning. He had arrived in the hall with general secretary Dave Prentis to a standing ovation, cheering, singing and applause. When he left after his first major speech since the general election, it was – if possible – to an even greater ovation. He began by praising the work that had plunged Prime Minister Theresa May int...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News general election jeremy corbyn Labour Party national delegate conference 2017 ndc 17 Source Type: news

Huge drop in EU nurses applying to work in the UK
Only 46 nurses from the EU registered to work in the UK in April, a 96% drop since last July, according to new figures published today by the Health Foundation. Last July, 1,304 nurses applied, but the number dropped to just 344 two months later in September, figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request to the Nursing and Midwifery Council show. “The decline in applicants is extremely concerning,” said UNISON head of health Sara Gorton. “We have a recruitment and retention crisis in the NHS and patient care is suffering. “Training new staff, attracting former NHS workers back to th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article BREXIT eu nurses health NHS overseas nurses student nurses Source Type: news

Call for NHS to sell land for staff accommodation
Land sale could mean 40,000 new homes Related items fromOnMedica £20k bursary to train as GP in under-doctored areas Wales offers incentives for GPs to train and stay in Wales Four in ten nurses threaten to quit London More nurses applying for hardship grants NHS asset sales could be worth £2bn (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Wales bursary details reveal nurses repay £25k if fail to work in country
Student nurses in Wales who receive a bursary for their training but don ’t go on to work in the country will in the future be required to pay back at least £25,500 in fees, it has emerged. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 6, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

General election 2017: The NHS
Increase NHS funding With many hospitals and other services stretched to breaking point, UNISON wants to see a major funding boost for our NHS. All of the main parties have committed to providing extra funding for the NHS in one form or another. In England, Labour will commit to over £30bn in extra funding over the next Parliament. The Conservatives will increase NHS spending by a minimum of £8bn in real terms over the next five years. The Lib Dems will put a penny on income tax to raise an extra £6bn for health and social care. Based on these headline statements, an analysis by the Nuffield Trust t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article Magazine general election 2017 NHS NHS bursary NHS England NHS funding NHS funding cuts nhs pay NHS staff save the NHS bursary Scotland Wales NHS Source Type: news

SNP hints at separate nurse pay arrangements
The Scottish National Party is committed to protecting student nurse bursaries and would explore setting up separate pay arrangements for NHS staff in Scotland, if the UK government continued to restrain salaries, the party ’s election manifesto has revealed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 31, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Lib Dems would bring back bursary, but staffing laws 'not priority'
The Liberal Democrats have pledged to reinstate student bursaries if the party were to win the election and to also increase NHS nurse pay in line with inflation, but said they would not make staffing laws an immediate priority. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Manchester mayor outlines student nurse bursary payment plan
Students who qualify from a Greater Manchester university and go on to work for a minimum of five years could get their bursaries repaid, according to a proposed plan in the north west from the city ’s new mayor Andy Burnham. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Wales launches national nurse recruitment campaign
The Welsh government has announced a new international recruitment campaign, promoting the country for its “amazing work-life balance” opportunities and confirming that student nurses in Wales will continue to receive bursaries next year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 9, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news