Editor's message: The recruitment and retention of nurses, doctors and social care staff continues to be a pressing issue for NHS employers, particularly in the ever-changing Brexit landscape. For example, there has been a dramatic fall in the number of nurses that have entered the country since the 2016 referendum and this exacerbated an already acute shortage. The implications of Brexit on immigration laws is likely to result in a further reduction in the number of EU workers in key roles in the NHS. Despite the huge impact that Brexit will have on recruitment and retention within the NHS there are other issues that also need urgent attention.
Equality and diversity remain high on the HR agenda within the NHS. The workforce race equality standard aims to tackle inequalities faced by employees from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in relation to various aspects of their employment, including career progression and disciplinary proceedings. We recently explored what workforce equality standards actually mean for NHS employers.
Susan Dennehy, employment law editor
Tory leadership front runner Boris Johnson has vowed to "fix" the pension rules that have led to NHS consultants finding they are better off if they work fewer hours.
NHS junior doctors have accepted a deal which will see annual pay increases of 2% for four years, ending the four-year long dispute that saw mass walkouts.
Only a fifth of NHS staff say their employer has implemented a sexual harassment policy, indicating that workers believe it is failing to take a tough line on lewd behaviour.
Junior doctors are to be balloted on whether to accept a four-year deal which will mean annual pay uplifts of 2%.
In East of England Ambulance NHS Trust v Flowers and others, the Court of Appeal held that ambulance workers are contractually entitled to have voluntary overtime included in the calculation of their holiday pay and, under the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC), to have it included where it is sufficiently regular and settled.
Plans to offer NHS doctors more flexible pensions will need to be part of wider reforms if the government wants to stop clinicians feeling forced to reduce their hours to avoid tax difficulties, the British Medical Association has warned.
The NHS in England has published its interim People Plan, which sets out proposals for the future of the NHS workforce.
In Kuteh v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, the Court of Appeal held that the NHS trust fairly dismissed a Christian nurse for initiating inappropriate conversations about religion with patients in breach of a lawful management instruction.
Updated to include the details of three new pay awards across the sector.
Senior doctors in the NHS are better off working part-time under new pension rules, the British Medical Association has warned.
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