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
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.
The Government is consulting on capping public-sector exit payments at £95,000. We look at the detail of the proposals and how they could affect redundancies and reorganisations in the public sector.
The Government consults on its plans for implementing a cap on exit payments for most public-sector workers in England, Wales and Scotland. The cap means that exit payments will be limited to £95,000 for staff in the civil service, local government, NHS and police.
The Government has confirmed plans to introduce a £95,000 cap on payouts for public sector workers when they leave their jobs.
Updated to reflect an increase in the cap on a week's pay, with effect from 6 April 2019.
In Flemming v East of England Ambulance Services NHS Trust, an employment tribunal held that an NHS Trust discriminated against a mentally ill employee by dismissing him for gross misconduct following his failure to attend a sickness absence review meeting and occupational health appointments.
Consultant editor Darren Newman considers whistleblowing in the NHS, focusing on the public interest test and the danger of working on the basis that an allegation is malicious.
In South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust v Jackson and others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that, as long as the miscommunication came from an administrative error, an employee whose redundancy redeployment form was sent to an inaccessible work email address was not unfavourably treated because she was on maternity leave.
HR and legal information, news and guidance relating to employers in the health sector.