Wellbeing on a budget

1 July 2022

The wellbeing of employees has never been more important than it is now. After the difficulties of the pandemic, which is still not entirely behind us, many employees have been left feeling drained — mentally, physically and financially. Employers are recognising the impact of this on the performance of their workforce, and targeting policies, benefits and working practices at helping employees to recover and thrive.

Just a number: supporting an ageing workforce

29 June 2022

Everyone ages and as the UK’s population becomes proportionally older, so too will the workforce. Laura King looks at inclusive policies that support an older workforce.

Why a consistent approach is developing in advance care planning

22 June 2022

The importance of having sensitive conversations to understand and record a person’s wishes about their realistic care and treatment choices in advance, and for there to be shared understanding with their families and clinical professionals in an emergency, has never been more obvious than during the pandemic. In this feature, Christine Grey looks at how national consistency is being brought to practice so that people and health and care staff are fully informed about, and share the same understanding and expectations of, advance care planning.

Preparing your workforce for the impending train strikes

16 June 2022

Following a vote, members of the RMT union will go on strike on 21, 23 and 25 June. Disruption is also expected on non-strike days because of too few staff working overnight. A special timetable from 20–26 June will be in effect. The RMT union includes drivers, guards, catering staff, signallers and track maintenance workers, and the action will effectively shut down the national railway network. It is anticipated that the service across Great Britain will be reduced to a fifth of its normal levels.

Employers urged to avoid tokenism during Pride month

8 June 2022

It’s easy to post a rainbow flag on social media for Pride month, but this act alone isn't going to help the fight for equality. You don't want to make a public gesture if you don't have a supportive environment to go with it.

HR considerations of the monkeypox virus

27 May 2022

As cases of monkeypox begin to rise in the UK, there has been speculation that this will become the new coronavirus. However, this is far from the truth. Monkeypox is a rare viral infection, which is generally mild and self-limiting, and poses a very low threat to the wider public. It is not easily transmissible, full recovery is expected and treatment is available through the smallpox vaccine. This being said, it is still natural for employers to be prepared for what steps they need to take to manage this outbreak.

How to deal with abusive online comments in your practice

25 May 2022

Healthcare providers and members of staff are increasingly facing abusive comments on social media platforms. Christine Grey details how to manage inappropriate posts and support your staff who become the victims of any unfairness or online abuse.

Dementia Action Week 2022

16 May 2022

The number of individuals with dementia continues to rise. In the UK there are currently around 900,000 with the disease. It is projected by 2025 there will be over one million, potentially increasing to around 1.6 million in 2040. Dementia Action Week, which this year runs from 16 to 22 May, aims to raise awareness and encourage people to “act on dementia”.

Tackling UK health inequalities in 2022

13 May 2022

Announcing Royal Assent for the Health and Care Bill, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said dedicated plans to tackle “health disparities” are also set to be published in due course. In this feature, Christine Grey looks at the latest developments in addressing the crisis of health inequalities in the UK.