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Capsticks, with NHS Employers, has produced a suite of resources designed to support the NHS workforce, including podcasts and guidance. Also, see below for latest news updates and upcoming events.  


Employment law update seminars

Bookings are now open for the upcoming employment law update seminars taking place in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Bridgwater this spring,

The Capsticks team will talk delegates through all the latest employment law news, including a round up of case law and legislative developments and employment law horizon scanning for 2019 and beyond.

Flexible working in the NHS workshop

Registration is open for this workshop on flexible working. Capsticks employment lawyers will be joined by Caroline Waterfield, assistant director at NHS Employers, and Kate Jarman, director of corporate affairs at Milton Keynes University Hospital and co-founder of the Flex NHS Campaign.

The workshop will look at the case for flexible working for all staff, the part it has to play in attraction and retention and its impact on diversity and the gender pay gap. Delegates will also be discussing what HR teams can do to promote flexible working and support culture change within organisations.

Latest news

Read a selection of relevant news articles from Capsticks’ website:   

27/03/2019 - Workforce considerations for Primary Care Networks

19/03/2019 - Court of Appeal: compensatory rest breaks do not need to be continuous

06/03/2019 - Employment Tribunal decision on positive action

27/11/2018 - EAT dismisses breach of contract claim against NHS trust

15/11/2018 - New protection for NHS and emergency services staff

24/10/2018 - Employers can be legally responsible for malicious data breaches committed by employees

10/10/2018 - Employment quarterly update

26/09/2018 - Removal of travel allowance following TUPE transfer was not void

07/09/2018 - NHS Dorset CCG successfully defends judicial review of major service changes

19/07/2018 - EAT rules on holiday pay entitlement under Agenda for Change

17/07/2018 - High Court grants interim injunction preventing NHS Trust from continuing disciplinary proceedings

17/07/2018 - Sleep-in shifts and the National Minimum Wage: Mencap v Tomlinson-Blake

28/06/2018 - Court of Appeal confirms that allegations must be specific and factual to amount to protected disclosures

18/06/2018 - Access to health records - important changes to know

15/06/2018 - Supreme Court rejects appeal in Pimlico Plumbers case

11/06/2018 - Revised section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act


Hot topics

  • Mental health - Sean Duggan - Chief Executive of the Mental Health Network discusses the key workforce issues for the mental health sector with Rachael Heenan, senior partner at Capsticks.    

Workforce of 2020 - In this series, Kelvin Cheatle, consultant at Capsticks, interviews key workforce leaders to discuss their thoughts on the NHS Workforce of 2020, including the possible impact of devolution and recruitment supply. 

  • Dean Royles - HR director at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. 
  • Lord Norman Warner - Member of the House of Lords and former Minister of State at the Department of Health.
  • Danny Mortimer - Chief executive at NHS Employers.
  • Deborah Tarrant - Director of people and organisational development at Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.


Positive action: separating fact from fiction - Take a look at Capsticks' resource which looks at some common diversity and equality misconceptions.

Key issues for healthcare organisations - Read Capsticks' key thoughts and commentaries in response to recent health stories in the press.

GDPR frequently asked questions - The FAQs feature an explanation of key GDPR terms, what should be included in a privacy notice, how long data should be kept on file and other key questions and tips.

Getting to grips with GDPR - Everything you need to know on GDPR from data protection to contracts and training.

IR35 and the new requirements for NHS employers
Major changes have been introduced to the intermediaries legislation (commonly known as IR35) which apply where the services of an individual are provided through an intermediary to a “public authority” which includes all NHS organisations.

Agenda for change pay scales and points – April 2016
The Agenda for Change pay scales poster has been updated, following the government’s announcement of the NHS pay award for 2016/17.

Care homes - How can we help you?
Find out more on how Capsticks can support you with legislation on care homes.

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Tapping into the lived experience of BME staff

15 / 5 / 2019 7.30am

Dr Habib Naqvi reflects on the links between the Workorce Race Equality Standard, workforce representation, staff engagement and patient satisfaction.

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