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    Covid-19 testing to be targeted at staff unable to work from home

    Alessia Pierdomenico / Shutterstock.com Key workers and people unable to work from home are to receive more frequent Covid-19 testing – even if they are not displaying any symptoms – under an expanded community testing programme. The Department of Health and Social Care is encouraging local authorities to target testing at people who cannot work […] More

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    Unison elects first woman leader

    Christine McAnea becomes the first female general secretary on Unison in its historyPic: Unison Christine McAnea has been elected as the new general secretary of Unison, the UK’s largest trade union. She is the first woman to achieve this position, and she told her Twitter followers she “won’t be the last”. She succeeds Dave Prentis, […] More

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    Shortage of doctors from abroad hits NHS

    Photo: Shutterstock An NHS trust in the Midlands says its plans to recruit extra doctors from international sources have been ended by the new Covid variant and recent travel bans – and it has been forced to redeploy medical trainees as a result. Health Service Journal (HSJ) has reported that in a staff memo it […] More

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    HR news you may have missed over Christmas

    Shutterstock With many taking a well-earned break over the festive period, you’ll be forgiven for not always keeping an eye on the developments in the HR world. Here, we bring you up to speed. Worst year for retail job losses in 25 years According to the Centre for Retail Research, almost 180,000 retail jobs were […] More

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    Vaccine volunteers face “overload of bureaucracy” to support roll-out

    Volunteer vaccinators are being asked to fulfil numerous training obligationsDanny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images Medical professionals such as dentists say they have been unable to offer support to administer coronavirus vaccines due to an “overload of bureaucracy”. Reports have emerged that potential volunteers have been asked to fill in multiple forms and questionnaires, including providing information […] More

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    Public sector pay freeze will hit those already earning less

    NHS workers protest in the summer at being excluded from public sector pay risesDavid Cliff/NurPhoto/PA Images Public sector workers hit by a pay freeze are already paid less than their counterparts in private sector employers, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation. In November’s Spending Review, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a pay freeze for […] More

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    NHS trusts aim to improve diversity among senior managers

    Photo: Shutterstock Approaching half of all NHS trusts in England do not have any black and minority ethnic staff among ‘very senior managers’, an analysis has found. Data collected by Health Service Journal (HSJ) from freedom of information requests has found that 96 out of 214 trusts had no very senior managers from black and […] More

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    Burnout and exhaustion stalk NHS response to Covid second wave

    Shutterstock NHS workers went into this autumn’s second wave of Covid-19 already feeling exhausted, emotionally fragile and at risk of burnout. As a recent virtual conference discussed, this means supporting the psychological as well as physical health of NHS workers will very much need to be a priority going forward. Nic Paton reports. Given how […] More

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    Personnel Today Awards 2020 winners: NHS praised for Covid response

    The NHS team celebrate winning the first of three awards, including overall winner. NHS England and Improvement has been crowned the overall winner at this year’s Personnel Today Awards. In a year in which thousands clapped for the NHS on doorsteps, the organisation was the clear winner for the “best of the best” prize after […] More

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    Public sector pay freeze stokes union anger

    Shutterstock Unions have responded angrily to chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of a pay freeze for swathes of public sector workers yesterday with Unison general secretary Dave Prentis saying: ‘This is austerity, plain and simple.’ Much of the criticism centred on the view that the public sector as a whole played its part in keeping the […] More

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    Matt Hancock supports military-style reservists system for NHS

    Photo: Shutterstock, posed by model The NHS could gain a pool of reservists similar to those provided for the police and army under a proposal to extend the coronavirus volunteer scheme after the pandemic. Health secretary Matt Hancock has signalled his support for a private members’ bill that could see the creation of a system […] More

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