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Protecting nurses' well-being is a priority as vacancy rates remain critically high

Small changes in national policy are easing some staff pressures but, as Brexit looms, more needs to be done to ensure nurses feel valued and supported
Well-being a priority amid staff shortages

Small changes in national policy are easing some staff pressures but, as Brexit looms, more needs to be done to ensure nurses feel valued and supported

In June, Health Education England announced that the national continuing professional development (CPD) budget for this year will be 17% higher than it was in 2017.

The same month, home secretary Sajid Javid said rules capping the number of overseas nurses working in the UK would be eased to allow the NHS to recruit more staff, and RCN members on Agenda for Change contracts in England voted to accept a pay deal that would see their first significant rise in a decade.

I am pleased these changes will benefit some staff in healthcare but am concerned that other factors, such as the

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