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NHS whistleblowing helpline to be extended to social care staff

The whistle-blowing helpline for NHS staff is being extended to staff and employers in the social care sector from 1 January. There is also a new number for the service, … Read more → – NHS whistleblowing helpline to be extended to social care staff

Snow wardens and winter workers to help people keep safe this winter

Warming feet by the fire

Tens of thousands of people across the country will get help during the cold weather following 163 successful proposals from councils for a share of £20 million of Government funding … Read more → – Snow wardens and winter workers to help people keep safe this winter

Cold weather plan: reversion to level 1 alert

Following issue of a level 2 alert last week, the Met Office has reported that this has now reverted to level 1 for areas in the North West, West Midlands, … Read more → – Cold weather plan: reversion to level 1 alert

NHS pensions ‘heads of agreement’ reached

As announced in Parliament today, we are outlining the Heads of Agreement on the proposed scheme design for the NHS Pension Scheme to be introduced in 2015. The next steps … Read more → – NHS pensions ‘heads of agreement’ reached

Public health reform updates published

More details of the design of the new public health system, specifically the role and responsibilities of local government in public health, the operating model for the new executive agency … Read more → – Public health reform updates published

Launch of board governance guidance for aspirant foundation trusts

Guidance to help aspirant foundation trusts (FT) develop strong and sustainable governance has been launched today. A key part of achieving FT authorisation is passing a rigorous assessment of their … Read more → – Launch of board governance guidance for aspirant foundation trusts

Cold weather plan: revised level 2 alert issued

The Met Office has forecast that in at least the next two to three days there is an 80% chance of temperatures in the North West, North East and Yorkshire … Read more → – Cold weather plan: revised level 2 alert issued