Ban on smoking on hospital grounds in Wales

Smoke-free legislation making it illegal to smoke on hospital grounds has come into force in Wales.

Charities campaign to boost uptake of coronavirus vaccine

A number of leading health charities have joined together to encourage all people with long-term health conditions to get the coronavirus vaccine.  

NHS Open Space expands pay-as-you-go-service

NHS Open Space has expanded its portfolio to over 700 rooms across 100 sites nationwide, offering greater flexibility at an affordable price.

Scotland to provide health staff with mental health support

Health professionals in Scotland will have access to a new specialist service offering confidential mental health assessment and treatment.

UK aligns with WHO’s advice on ethical recruitment

The UK has updated its code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care staff to align with the World Health Organization.

NHS invites people aged 60 and over for jabs

NHS England has announced that it is now inviting those aged 60 to 63 to receive their coronavirus vaccination.

Pay rise for NHS workers not likely in Budget

It has been reported that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will avoid any announcement on pay rises for NHS staff in his Budget next week.

More than a million more people invited to get jab

Hundreds of thousands of people asked to shield earlier this month are being invited for a coronavirus jab.

Test and Trace passes six million contacts reached

NHS Test and Trace has now reached more than six million contacts, including 90 per cent of close contacts for whom communication details were provided.

Large-scale vaccination centres trialled in Hampshire

Eligible people are able to walk-in for their coronavirus vaccination at four large-scale vaccination centres across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

UK plasma now deemed safe to use

The government has decided to lift the ban on UK plasma for fractionation, following a review from the MHRA and CHM.

Half of people with cancer symptoms didn’t see GP

Cancer Research UK has reported that almost half of people with possible cancer symptoms didn’t see GP in first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Home smear tests to be trialled in parts of London

More than 31,000 women will be offered kits to carry out smear tests in the privacy and convenience of their own homes in a trial.

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides high levels of protection

PHE has published the first independent analysis in the UK showing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is effective against coronavirus from the first dose.

Nursing should be ‘the heart of roadmap to recovery’

The RCN has published eight staff recovery and patient safety principles to guide the return to ‘normal’ service delivery.

London ambulance crews given body cameras

Ambulance crews in London have begun wearing body cameras to protect them from violent assaults and threats.

Two-thirds of 65-69 year olds already vaccinated

Over two thirds of people aged between 65 and 69 have now had their first coronavirus vaccination, with people aged 64 also set to be called forward.

NHS expands mental health support for staff

NHS England has announced that healthcare staff will be offered access to evidence-based mental health services at one of 40 hubs.