NHS Workforce Bulletin reaches its 500th edition

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18 / 1 / 2016 8.30am

The NHS Workforce Bulletin is celebrating its 500th edition this week.

The milestone edition was published on Monday 18 January and we’d like to thank all of our readers for your continued support in subscribing to the bulletin.

We’ve come a long way since the first edition in November 2004, which also announced the launch of NHS Employers. The original format may now be very dated, but its mission to communicate important information about HR and workforce policy has remained.

This has now broadened into providing tools and resources to support you with those HR and workforce policies – something that you tell us is greatly appreciated.

Through the Darzi report, the abolition of SHAs and PCTs, the Francis Report and the Five Year Forward View, we’ve worked hard to communicate quickly the many changes the NHS has seen in recent years, bringing you timely summaries of how the changes impact on your workforce and providing resources to help you implement them.

We’ve also worked proactively to follow another of our principles – that by improving the working lives of staff we improve the experience of patients.

Our staff engagement, health and wellbeing and equality and diversity programmes are just some areas that have been developed by NHS Employers and championed through the bulletin.

To mark this milestone edition, some of NHS Employers’ previous leaders wanted to share their thoughts.

Dean Royles:
"Wow! 500. Where does the time go? I can still remember the first one when NHS Employers was newly established. I was really pleased to be involved in the bulletin when I started at NHS Employers. Social media was just making an impact in organisational communities’ strategies and this became a great way of sharing information, being first with news and helping to show that employers were as committed to patient care and good employment practice as our staff. Keep it up!" 

Gill Bellord:
"Congratulations to the bulletin on reaching such a milestone. The format has certainly improved over time, but the bulletin is still achieving its aim of being the go-to place for HRDs and workforce leaders to stay up to date, and provide the information, tools and resources to help them support the NHS workforce effectively.

"I know many trusts have appreciated the timely summaries of new initiatives or policies, as well as the resources to help implement them."

Alastair Henderson:
"I am delighted to see the 500th edition of the NHS Workforce Bulletin, which still provides me with an essential summary and update of NHS workforce issues. The context in which the bulletin is produced and the style and format may have changed but it is interesting to see that many of the issues remain! Congratulations and thanks to all at NHS Employers who have been responsible for the 500 editions – do carry on the good work!"

Our chief executive, Danny Mortimer, said:

"The NHS Workforce Bulletin was always a useful source of information and resources for me and my teams in my HR roles in the NHS.

"It’s great now to be able to see the team here at NHS Employers working to create each edition, and seeing how the subscription numbers just keep on rising. It helps the team and I enormously in our three roles of leading on behalf of employers, representing their views, and providing support to them. I'm delighted that Alastair, Dean and Gill have returned to add their messages, and I remain grateful for their continued support for our work."

Facts about the NHS Workforce Bulletin:

  • We have nearly 5,500 subscribers who receive the bulletin every week.
  • 81 per cent of our readers rated the content as very good or excellent in a recent survey.
  • The most downloaded articles are pay circulars.

We’re always keen to hear your views on this and all of our bulletins. To let us know what improvements you’d like to see – or what you’d like to stay the same – please email nhsworkforcebulletin@nhsemployers.org. Your ongoing feedback helps us make sure the bulletin is providing the information and resources you need. 

To subscribe to our bulletins, register your details on our homepage and select the bulletins you would like to receive. If you’re already registered, just go to your personal dashboard to select the bulletins. 

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