"We welcome new measures to ensure that student nurses spend time working as healthcare assistants as this initial training will ingrain the importance of hands-on care and help them to recognise when standards are slipping later in their careers. Having more people in the NHS who know how to treat people compassionately and in a dignified way is a step in the right direction and we are pleased that Ministers have embraced this recommendation made by Robert Francis QC.

"The NHS is going through the biggest period of change since its inception and as the population steadily ages, it is imperative that we have more skilled, willing and able personnel in position to safeguard current and future patients. It will also be of vital importance to ensure recruitment processes attract people to a career in nursing who have the right character as well as the technical ability to do the job well."

Standard of proof in suicide cases
Standard of proof in suicide cases

A long-awaited decision of the Court of Appeal has clarified that a lower standard of proof should apply than previously thought before an Inquest can return a conclusion of suicide.

Managing absenteeism in education
Managing absenteeism in education

In a challenging economic climate with continuing budget cuts and increasing expectations of staff, sickness absence remains an ongoing problem that is important to address.

Contract management pitfalls
Contract management pitfalls

Social housing providers will routinely have a number of construction projects underway at any one time. It is essential for client teams to understand and avoid key contract management pitfalls.