Ten years ago just a third of the nursing workforce in England was aged 45 or over but a report written for the Royal College of Nursing in the UK and published this week, reveals that half of nurses are aged 45 or over and within 10 years of being eligible for early retirement. Nursing is probably not alone in facing this approaching crisis and that will mean that all health and social care services across the UK will be more reliant than ever on finding new staff. The research also highlights an unprecedented number of risk factors which will affect the future supply of safe staffing levels.These include the ageing workforce, rising demand, uncoordinated workforce planning, changes to student nurse funding, real terms cuts to nurse pay and the impact of Brexit on international recruitment.
These include not just the ageing workforce but also rising demand, uncoordinated workforce planning, changes to student nurse funding particularly, real terms cuts to the pay of all Healthcare workers and the impact of Brexit on international recruitment.
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While you are there you might want to sign the UK Government petition it is attached to demanding the end of the 1% pay cap that has been in force for 6 years now. The link above also gives you access to some campaigning materials that you might have a use for.
This week is also the last week of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Part of the festival is their writing awards, and event that took place last Monday, the 17 October at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. What makes it interesting is that the ten shortlisted stories of the 130 entries they received have been made available as an e-book that you can read on their website at
Hope you find them interesting and the other new resources that have now appeared on there, and remember its still not too late to get along to one of the events.