James Buchan

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Workforce: Legislation alone won’t solve this staffing crisis

Whether England follows Wales or Scotland’s lead, there are other factors to consider

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Workforce: Nursing numbers – running hard but not keeping up

Rising staffing levels are failing to keep up with growth in patient admissions

Inequalilty
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Workforce: We must close the persistent gender gap in opportunities and pay

Improving working conditions for women in nursing will strengthen the profession as a whole

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Workforce: If the NHS is serious about keeping its nurses, it should protect CPD budgets

Money for training is too often seen as a soft target when cuts are being made

Closing the gap
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Workforce: What we need now is a quick fix for nurse shortages

As vacancies rise, NHS England can buy time with international recruitment, says James Buchan

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Workforce: Will perma-flexi be the new bank and agency nursing?

Flexible employment contracts are on the rise elsewhere, but not much has changed in the NHS

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Argument against mandatory staffing level rings hollow

The argument that mandatory nurse staffing levels would create inflexibility rings hollow

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Workforce: Nursing associate role will thrive

The new position is coolly regarded by some, but workforce demands mean its success is likely

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Workforce: NHS plan is doomed unless staff shortage is solved

James Buchan likens the NHS Long Term Plan to an overly ambitious new year’s resolution

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Workforce: Irony of easing language test for overseas nurses

Barriers for non-EU nurses are falling to help solve a self-made shortage, says James Buchan

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Workforce: England is falling behind on safe staffing

The government would do well to follow the examples of our closest neighbours

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The extent of reliance on agency nurses points to the depth of the malaise in the NHS

Temporary staff now have to cover chronic nursing shortages, not just unplanned absence

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Workforce: The problem that's bigger than staff turnover

When it comes to staffing, there's a larger, system-wide issue, says James Buchan

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Workforce: collapse in district nurse numbers is happening now – action to halt it isn’t

Ministers’ ‘golden hellos’ plan to boost district nurse recruitment still hasn’t materialised

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Workforce: Puzzling over the failure to scale up nurse education

England’s failure to increase training of nurses shows the profession has lost out

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Student attrition targets shift from unlikely to illusory

The student attrition rate is stuck but targets to improve it seem illusory

Scotland pay deal
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Scotland's pay deal: the beginning of the end for a UK-wide approach?

A better pay rise means Scottish nursing is leaving its English colleagues behind

NZ Safe staffing strike
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Nurse pay: UK unions need to follow New Zealand’s lead

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has negotiated an impressive pay deal

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